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Biochar Bob is Building a Sustainable Paradise

On July 27th, Bob is moving to the jungle valley to begin building paradise. It’d be amazing to have your support!

A couple months ago, Bob was invited to be part of a large sustainability project as the agriculture and biochar specialist responsible for overseeing the operation of a regenerative organic farm. As you may know from his Biochar Bob videos, this is his great passion—to use sustainable soil practices to grow a healthier, happier world.

Here's Bob's call for help:

Hugh McLaughlin - Biochar: A Powerful Tool for Carbon Farming

Hugh McLaughlin, an engineer and expert in biochar and activated carbon, discusses the many applications of biochar for environmental improvement and its role in reversing global warming.

Michael Whitman - The City of Thousand Oaks is Testing Biochar

Have you ever wondered about a way to reduce water use, increase plant growth, and create long-lasting soil health without using toxic fertilizers or inorganic soil enhancers? Check out this informative overview of Biochar, an ancient soil amendment that is essentially charred organic material, with Michael Whitman founder the Southern California Biochar Initiative, at the City of Thousand Oaks Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

Biochar Bob Goes to Costa Rica

Join Biochar Bob as he raises money to go to Costa Rica and make an educational film about the “Estufa Finca” (Farm Stove) project in Talamanca, Costa Rica. 

Support the Biochar Bob IndieGoGo

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/biochar-bob-goes-to-costa-rica

By teaching Costa Rican’s to use agricultural “waste” (fallen leaves and trees, discarded cocoa pods, etc.), instead of harvested trees as the cooking fuel for their farm stoves they are: 

Having Your Carbon & Eating it Too

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

http://pvbiochar.org/2013-symposium/ 

Ryan Delaney - Biochar for Central Haiti

Carbon Roots International presenting at US Biochar Conference

CRI Co-Director Ryan Delaney presented our biochar work in Haiti at the US Biochar Conference on July 31, 2012. The subject of his presentation was: Strategic Action Plan for Biochar--The Case of Central Haiti.

Carbon Roots International

http://www.carbonrootsinternational.org/

Press Democrat - Jeremy Hay

SSU conference to highlight eco-friendly charcoal alternative

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