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


UC Davis Biochar Database

Open-access tool for biochar users, manufacturers, and researchers

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


Sonnenerde and Biochar Information

This is a well produced and graphically pleasing video from Sonnenerde an Austrian soil and compost research company. 


Mediterranean Biochar Symposium

Mediterranean Biochar Symposium
Thursday, 17 Jan 2013 to Friday, 18 Jan 2013
Biochar is a very heterogeneous matrix that has shown great potential in several areas

Biochar: The Oldest New Thing You've Never Heard Of

Wae Nelson was employed as a mechanical engineer in the aerospace and defense industries for many years, working both as a designer and as a manager in manufacturing. Now he publishes the magazine beloved by local gardeners, Florida Gardening, and pursues his passion for biochar — a diy, scalable technique to both improve horticultural yields and sequester carbon simultaneously.

North American Biochar Symposium

Harvesting Hope - The Science & Politics of Biochar
Sunday, 13 Oct 2013 to Wednesday, 16 Oct 2013
North American Biochar Symposium - Harvesting Hope - The Science & Politics of Biochar

Biochar Bob and the Char Alliance


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