INTERVIEW: Gerónimo Caro Díaz & Romina Fernández, Cannabis & Hemp Research Center, Uruguay
HempToday: What was the impetus behind the startup of CECC?
There is a terrific need to have for education,
initially to continue to communicate that
cannabis is not only a plant with psychoactive elements but that
there is a planet of makes use of for the crop. It is these problems in which
the public demands to be educated right after 100 years of prohibition of an
From an business standpoint, we can know a lot about laws,
accounting, cannabis agronomy and botany with out any diploma but we
need to have collective know-how to advance this new business.
We know that the CBD is eye-catching, but what other hemp subjects are
in your curriculum?
In addition to the medicinal element, we’ll also supply units on
textiles, meals, biofuel, bioplastic, cellulose for paper and
hempcrete building. We see the latter getting a basic tool to
eradicate the housing difficulty of Latin America by way of an insulating,
pest-resistant and ecological material.
Inform us about the faculty that the CECC will have.
Globalization permits us to get in touch with on professionals in every topic even if
they are scattered about the planet. We’re in make contact with with future
presenters from Israel, the U.S., Canada, Australia, Brazil and
Spain. We also have a group in Uruguay excited to collaborate in this
terrific result in. There is no evolution with out education. Our professionals
comprehend this principle and are prepared to give of themselves to
assist advance the business.
What are the plans for the 75 acres of land on the Juan Lacaze
The initially stage of the project will be a plantation of industrial
hemp on 1-third of the land with the aim of producing a initially
production to reinvest in our Center. In a second stage, 30 hectares
will be planted, adding an on the net education platform and the use of
hemp fiber for the production of hempcrete. We program the study center
to be constructed in 2021.
What will CECC do in the location of study?
The objective is to perform hand in hand with other institutions about
the planet considering the fact that we begin from the truth that the bigger the sampling
and database, the superior conclusions can be obtained. At the
sensible level for the students, we program two laboratories to execute
tests and evaluation.
What does the hemp landscape appear like in Latin America?
Cultivation, production and
distribution of hemp is legal all through the continent, and a technique
of powerful banking and regulation for trade is in spot. Latin
America produces a tremendous quantity of meals, which could be
exported. From the textile and building point of view, a terrific
revolution can be generated if legislators, entrepreneurs and
investors perform collectively to take benefit of the possibilities the
What’s your vision for the hemp economy?
GCD: Via a single crop that does not erode the land, we can get meals, clothes, building material, biofuel, bioplastic and manythings but to be found – generating jobs and the needed technologies along the way. All of this although also taking care of the planet, our only household.
Gerónimo Caro Díaz and Romina Fernández are founding board members of the Uruguay-primarily based Cannabis and Hemp Research Center (CECC), which is creating an educational and study initiative for hemp and cannabis at Juan Lacaze, Uruguay. Díaz studied computer system science and previously worked at Aldey Institute, Montevideo. Fernández studied enterprise administraton and has served as a enterprise coach and in operations management.