by Erich Knight
Having Your Carbon & Eating it Too – October 13-16 at UMass Amherst
This article omits the concomitant benefits of biochars for soil Carbon sequestration, building soil biodiversity & nitrogen efficiency, in situ remediation of toxic agents, and how modern thermal conversion systems are closed-loop, no significant emissions with a 1/3 carbon negative energy cycle, to focus on Biochar as a feed supplement cutting the Carbon Hoof, Paw, Fin and Poultry foot prints of livestock.
The number of ruminants now trampling planet Earth is beyond belief. Ruminants evolved about 50 million years ago, and by the year 1500 there were about 200 million on our planet. Now there are 2 billion, and only 75 million are wildlife! Each year we breed 64 billion livestock (mostly chickens), that’s about 9 animals per person per year globally. Add to this another 600 million pets and mankind husbands a total of 2.5 Billion animals.
One accounting of the full life cycle analysis equates the Carbon-paw-print of a large dog to that of a small SUV. A cow Carbon-hoof-print equates to a couple of big SUVs. The potential to slash these climate costs by 1/3, or more, with such a small diet modification can not be ignored!
Carbon Fodder Reports
The first report is from Dr Takeo Takahashi at the 2008 Asian Biochar conference, describing the Japan Biochar Association's work rejuvenating sick, assumed dead, battery raised chickens. These char-fed egg-laying hen's had no odor and fetched twice the market price in Japan.
Read more here: http://www.geocities.jp/yasizato/pioneer.htm
In aquaculture, a doubling in size of fish, clams & shrimp is reported by SuperStoneClean Biochar, also in Japan
Then from the EU, the Delinat Institute reports major health benefits in cattle & poultry, and have quantified data collected from 80 farms. Tens of thousands of animals show far better feed conversion ratios, curing chronic botulism, extremely low bio-counts in milk and binding estrogenic steroid hormones in manure. Leave it to the Germans & Swiss to literally take the stink out of Manure.
This hard data and all other aspects of Biochar soil technology will be presented October. 13-17, at the University of Massachusetts, during the 2013 USBI North American Biochar Symposium