Reading Time: < 1 minute Mike Weaver ditched chicken farmer to opt for hemp growing instead
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A former chicken farmer has revealed how he ditched animal farming and turned to growing industrial hemp instead.

West Virginia-based Mike Weaver, who started making the transition in 2016, blew the whistle on chicken farming, exposing inhumane conditions and unfair labor practices.

Now he has revealed the benefits of his new direction in a new video, showing how hemp farming will not only prevent thousands of animals from suffering, but will earn him significantly more income, employ more people, and dramatically reduce his farm’s environmental footprint.

Growing hemp

Weaver revealed that he used to keep a staggering 45,000 animals in one of his giant barns – which he now uses for growing the hemp plants.

“I decided to convert from raising broiler chickens to raising industrial hemp in these buildings,” he said. “I have a friend in Franklin who has cancer, and he’s been through radiation and chemo, and was in terrible pain in his joints.

“None of the drugs helped him, so he started taking CBD, and he says he feels like a new man…I hope this product creates a whole lot of new jobs and new revenues for the farm.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.