Why Biochar?

Biochar research shows that it has fantastic potential to help with some of the most pressing problems facing modern societies. It touches on many levels from food production and agriculture to fuel and energy production to carbon sequestering. And the nice thing is that it scales well. You can do this at home on a garden level and on large crops at the farm level.  Here’s a list of potential uses for biochar courtesy of Biochar Farms:

1. IMPROVED SOIL FERTILITY AND CROP YIELDS

2. LESS FERTILIZERS REQUIRED

3. IMPROVED WATER RETENTION, AERATION, AND TILTH

4. HIGHER CATION EXCHANGE CAPACITY, LESS NUTRIENT RUNOFF

5. CLEAN AND EFFICIENT BIOMASS ENERGY PRODUCTION

6. COMBINED HEAT, POWER, AND REFRIGERATION FROM PYROLYSIS

7. CARBON NEGATIVE PROCESS (SEQUESTERS CARBON FROM ATMOSPHERE)

8. GREATER ON-FARM PROFITABILITY

9. CAN ALLEVIATE POVERTY IN  THIRD-WORLD COUNTRIES

10. CAN BE FINANCED THROUGH CARBON MARKETS AND OFFSETS

11. LOW COST MEANS OF WATER PURIFICATION IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

12. DECREASED NITROUS OXIDE AND METHANE EMISSIONS FROM SOILS

13. POTENTIAL FOR LIQUID FUEL, ELECTRICITY AND/OR HYDROGEN PRODUCTION

14. REDUCED DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL

15. REVERSAL OF DESERTIFICATION ON MASSIVE SCALES

16. ALTERNATIVE TO SLASH-AND-BURN AGRICULTURAL

17. CAN WORK IN TANDEM WITH REFORESTATION/AFORESTATION EFFORTS

18. CAN PRODUCE ELECTRICITY, BIO-OIL, OR HYDROGEN FUEL SOURCES

19. CAN USE WIDE VARIETY OF FEEDSTOCK INCLUDING BIOMASS WASTE PRODUCTS

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