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Industrial Hemp & Medical Cannabis Markets


The perception of an agricultural commodity is a key factor in determining its real demand. This is why Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) initiatives, social compliance, sustainability, and greenhouse gas (GHG) management have become integral to the operations of corporations worldwide for the last three decades. Certification in Industrial Hemp and Medical Cannabis must meet these demands to provide assurance and manage the risks often associated with this sector. By embracing these initiatives, the hemp industry can create a more sustainable future and meet the rising demand for certified sustainable products.


Redefining the way we Imagine Global Cannabis

The global marketplace has undergone significant changes over the past 15 to 20 years. With the emergence of new drivers such as climate change, consumers are increasingly aware of the impact of their consumption patterns on the environment. As a result, there is a growing demand for certified sustainable products. Companies are now seeking producers that are committed to these initiatives in order to strengthen their brand attributes.

It's clear that there has been a shift in consumer values and buying habits when it comes to purchasing products. This trend holds true for the cannabis industry as well. To meet the rising demand for sustainable products, it's important for all players in the hemp value chain to embrace sustainability and work towards creating a more sustainable future.

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Our Journey So Far


FSO's Founding Principles (CARBONDALE, CO)

FSO's founder Aaron Furman recognized a critical gap in the global cannabis supply chain - the absence of the scientific method. Believing that claims must be backed by data, FSO was founded on the core principle of data-driven decision making. This revolutionary approach has allowed FSO to establish itself as a leader in the industry, providing clients with the confidence and assurance that their decisions are based on sound, empirical evidence.


Revolutionizing the Industry: FSO's Groundbreaking Extraction Methodology

As our consulting projects grew, we noticed a lack of consistent methodology in hemp and cannabis extraction methods. FSO's team analyzed industry practices and began developing guiding principles for consistency and safety. The result was the FSO Carbon Dioxide Model - a globally recognized extraction method that allowed for chemical-free extracts in cannabis. Today, leading cannabis brands still use our methods, which have helped establish FSO as a pioneer in the industry.



FSO & The Hemp Value Chain

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