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Sustainable agricultural practices based on biochar

More and more people are looking for sustainable solutions and processes in their lives.  We have spent a number of decades using science to develop synthetic solutions and now a chunk of humanity is determining that might not be the best, most healthy course for mankind.  A major area that has some concerned is our agriculture.  While people are looking for foods without chemicals sprayed on them we are also growing in numbers, meaning we need to produce more food than ever before to feed everyone.  We also need to do it in such a way that the next generation can feed themselves too.

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Biochar then and now

What if there was a way to make poor soils more fertile.  Well of course today we have plenty of fertilizers, some natural some not so much.  But what if we added in the thought that we wanted our solution to use extra natural materials or bio-waste to produce this product.  Then you would have biochar.  At a basic level if you burn biomass and bio-waste with limited air you’ll produce a charcoal and if you put that into the ground it will improve the soil quality.  This is a naturally occurring process, as it can happen during forest fires for instance.  But mankind has employed this method of soil preparation as well.

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