Biochar making a social impact in Central America

Biochar Bob Goes to Costa Rica

2012 Conference Video Summary

Several top biochar presentions with graphics primarily from the 2012 US Biochar Conference. You can access all the videos here - http://2012.biochar.us.com/conference-videos.

Biochar Companies & Organizations

The master list from Erich Knight

USBI Website Redesign

We completed the first phase of the USBI website redesign, moving the content to a data driven web platform. We installed Drupal because it's information driven, scalable, secure, open source, and it's also the platform of choice for a few key biochar sites.

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/ 

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

http://www.carbonrootsinternational.org/

Sonnenerde and Biochar Information

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

http://www.sonnenerde.at

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