Earth Day special report: Solving the climate crisis with hemp - video

Put a price on carbon and the riches will flow to hemp.

Todd Runestad, Content Director,

April 22, 2021

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The climate crisis is, of course, an existential threat to human civilization. A Biden Administration promises action on multiple fronts. Agriculture needs to be a significant part of any solution. Insider senior editor Todd Runestad met with Simon Liegel, co-founder of Wisconsin hemp producer and processor Driftless Extracts, as they touch on how hemp can help humanity save itself from itself.

  • Corn is a monoculture. We need diverse multicultures in fields.

  • Hemp can be a good rotational crop with the big row crops.

  • How to lock up carbon in long-term storage like plastics, packaging and textiles.

About the Author(s)

Todd Runestad

Content Director,, Natural Products Insider

Todd Runestad has been writing on nutrition science news since 1997. He is content director for and Natural Products Insider digital magazines. Other incarnations: supplements editor for, Delicious Living!, and Natural Foods Merchandiser. Former editor-in-chief of Functional Ingredients magazine and still covers raw material innovations and ingredient science.

Connect with me here on LinkedIn.


Todd writes about nutrition science news such as this story on mitochondrial nutrients, innovative ingredients such as this story about 12 trendy new ingredient launches from SupplySide West 2023, and is a judge for the NEXTY awards honoring innovation, integrity and inspiration in natural products including his specialty — dietary supplements. He extensively covered the rise and rise and rise and fall of cannabis hemp CBD. He helps produce in-person events at SupplySide West and SupplySide East trade shows and conferences, including the wildly popular Ingredient Idol game show, as well as Natural Products Expo West and Natural Products Expo East and the NBJ Summit. He was a board member for the Hemp Industries Association.

Education / Past Lives

In previous lives Todd was on the other side of nature from natural products — natural history — as managing editor at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. He's sojourned to Burning Man and Mount Everest. He graduated many moons ago from the State University of New York College at Oneonta.


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