Focus on the Environment: A return to basics with biochar

Just as charcoal proved its worth in the development of civilization, so is biochar demonstrating its potential for yield enhancements and carbon absorption


With carbon soil sequestration on the agenda of the latest Kyoto Protocol talks in Poland, the case for soil enhancement through biochar application has gained in momentum. Biochar is charcoal produced by pyrolysis, the process of chemical decomposition by heating. Biochar improves soil and can be used to lock carbon in the soil. Proponents see it as a powerful tool in the fight against global warming.

Better Farming - March 2009