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Despite a desire for locally grown produce, almost half of the fresh fruits and vegetables bought by American's last year were grown outside of the United States. According to the USDA, in 2008, organic produce grown in the US accounted for less than one percent of total crop acreage, and improvements have been slow.

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A Brief History of Medicinal Cannabis

Humankind has a long and complicated history with cannabis. For thousands of years, the plant supplied us with food, fiber, medicine, paper — basically everything we needed to thrive as a species. Some believe it is the first example of our evolution into industry — that is, until a few unsavory characters decided that we could no longer access it legally. We were starved of cannabis for decades. But now, fortunately, we are finding our way back to the light as we remember and rediscover all the ways this powerful plant can improve our lives.

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Mother Labs - Customer Highlight

As one of North America's most comprehensive full-service cannabis nursery and supplier, Mother Labs focuses on assisting clients in increasing revenue while decreasing their operating costs. Their vision of a clean future extends to harnessing the wonder of innovation to cultivate clean and sustainable cannabis in Canada and the world. 

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Innovations in Sustainability

We all know the world has a waste problem. Experts have warned us for years that humankind is careening toward a tipping point for our species' future from which there will be no turning back. But don't despair — it's not all bad news! Luckily there are forward-thinking innovators out there who are using their powers for good and designing sustainable products using renewable biomaterials.

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Customer Highlight - Thrive Containers

 

In November 2020, Thrive Containers launched its new intelligent container technology to disrupt the commercial farming industry. With COVID-19 and climate change creating strains in global food accessibility and supply chains, the founders of Thrive Containers rethought the world's agriculture systems. By enabling local growers to provide fresh produce within their community, the St Petersburg, FL manufacturer has impacted the gap in accessibility to fresh produce. 

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Top 5 Most Unusual Hemp Facts

Industrial hemp was grown in the U.S. since the first European settlers arrived in the early 1600s. It was considered illegal NOT to grow hemp in 1619 in Jamestown, Virginia. Massachusetts and Connecticut had similar laws. In the 1700s, subsidies and bounties granted in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and other New England states encouraged hemp cultivation. Industrial manufacturing of cordage and canvas was also highly encouraged of all new settlers. 

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New Emerging Cannabis Markets

While the presidential election has been fraught with accusations, protests, and celebrations, let's examine some of the more compelling outcomes from the 2020 election: cannabis legalization! Yes, six states have adopted or updated the legalization status of cannabis in their state. This brings the total number of fully legal states to 17, 35 medical states, and only six states that still refuse to allow their residents access to a healing alternative to toxic pharmaceuticals. 

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CropBox -  Vertical Crop Consultants

South of the North Carolina state capital of Raleigh is the small rural town of Clinton, N.C., the headquarters for Vertical Crop Consultants, or Cropbox. 

Tripp Williamson, Owner, and Founder started VCC in 2016, after years of working for the family business, Williamson Greenhouses, and finding his passion and success. Tripp had the vision to create more innovative and sustainable ways to grow local produce. He also wanted to provide insights to all indoor growers, not just the shipping container market.

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Customer Highlight - Dr. Robb Farms

Dr. Robert Flannery is the first Ph.D. in the United States with certified technical expertise in growing commercial cannabis. He earned his doctorate from UC Davis in Plant Biology with an emphasis in Environmental Horticulture with specific expertise in hydroponic crop optimization for cut-flower production. While working on his doctorate, Dr. Flannery began advising Cannabis cultivators throughout Northern California on modern horticulture practices. As Production Director at SPARC in San Francisco, Dr. Flannery managed the company's largest department and supervised every segment of cannabis cultivation, packaging, & delivery of the final product to retail. An overachiever for sure!

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Sustainable Ways To Deal With Greenhouse Insects

Growing inside a greenhouse provides your plants with a certain amount of protection from harsh weather conditions, but pests can still become an issue. Because your plants are tightly packed together in a confined area, it's especially important to prevent an infestation before it affects your entire grow operation. While the best defense is an exceptional offense, should pests find their way in, eliminate them before they spread to the rest of your plants using sustainable methods to improve your carbon footprint.

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