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Biochar Bob and Sustainability
Transcript of Biochar Bob and Sustainability
a lesson with
The capacity to ENDURE
What does this mean?
According to the World Commission of Environment and Development (1987)
“…development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.“
What is biochar?
Jargon: Biochar is organic material that has been thermally degraded in an oxygen starved environment and is used as a powerful, long-term soil amendment that also sequesters carbon and decrease soil greenhouse gas emissions.
English: Biochar is a charcoal substance that is used as a long-term soil amendment that combats climate change.
What's it made from?
sugar cane waste
How's it made?
-Tars, resins, oils
Estufa Finca found that when burning biochar in a cookstove, the stoves emitted approximately 92% less particulate matter and 87% less carbon monoxide than a traditional open cooking fire.
How does it do it?
A closer look into what it actually is
Cation Exchange Capacity
The ability to attract and exchange positively charged ions
increased fertilizer efficiency
increased water quality
w/ N fert
w/ N fert
w/ N fert
Water Holding Capacity
Microbial Community Abundance and Composition
The little guys in the soil that make it tick
What's the big deal about carbon?
Local, cheap fuel
- respiratory illness
- education of children
- save money
- creates jobs
- stops deforestation
- less smoke pollution
For the poorest farmers in the world...