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Bio Char -- It can save the planet!

02/01/11

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Have you heard of Bio Char?

These are little briquettes of charcoal that may come to the planet's rescue.

Bio-char is one of the most exciting developments in science today. It is an ancient method of enhancing soil fertility and carbon sequestration. It helps the soil retain water and increase crop yields. It enhances microbiological activity. It retains nutrients for plants that would otherwise be lost to the atmosphere, or washed away by rains.

This could represent a key strategy in breaking the cycle of slash and burn farming, and restore our soil.

The most striking visual evidence in this video comes at around 3:55 in the video below. That would be the 880% increase in crop yields where bio char was used in combination with fertilizer. Wow! Talk about feeding the world.

And unlike other organic material that can be added to the soil, bio char remains for long periods, offering the opportunity to sequester the carbon.

In this way it is actually carbon-negative. Bio-char REMOVES carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Bio Char can be produced on a large or small scale. Watch and learn about this amazing breakthrough.

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Very interesting. Am going to ask my fave organic farmer if he knows about this.

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There is still lots of debate over it:
http://www.energybulletin.net/52714

Myself I'd rather see trees used to sequester carbon - as they'll not only do that but restore weather patters, combat desertification. I really recommend this talk about reforestation:
http://www.ted.com/talks/willie_smits_restores_a_rainforest.html

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Knowing that livestock industry is responsible for more than 51% of the greenhouse gaz emission (Worldwatch institute report in 2009)... The #1 solution to climate change is to STOP Meat industry.

Any other solution than that is not as effective and not fast enough if we want to mitigate climate change.

We should use any single media to make that message clear, and repeat and inform ppl every single day.

I'm from and island (in the Caribbean) and rising sea level is a reality for us.
Cyclones are also more potent and frequent than ever. This week we also had a scary earthquake (scary because we all remember Haiti... and know that it could have been/be us).
Please, please, please VegSource and every other media: remind everyone what is the #1 solution to climate change, namely
A VEGAN organic diet !



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