BIOCHARCULTURE

Biochar research inspired the development of a revolutionary technology that can have tremendous impact on agriculture, water, habitats, energy, health, sanitation, livelihoods, environment, and carbon sequestration.

 

This book highlights the diverse uses of biochar. Biochar is a traditional, cultural, sustainable, and adaptable practice and is not just a product for soil amendment. The term biocharculture was coined by the author.

 

Excerpts from the book......

 

..Biochar can be used in all types of agricultural systems (organic, chemical, permaculture, mixed farming, natural farming, biodynamic agriculture, Homa therapy for agriculture, zero tillage farming, etc..

...Biochar helps to reclaim degraded soils...

...The water retention capacity of the biochar compost makes it ideal for conservation and the use of the scarce water...

...Biochar helps to prevent fertilizer runoff and leaching, allowing the use of less fertilizer and diminishing agricultural pollution to the surrounding environment...

...Biochar is applicable for human and animal waste management, converting urine, excrement, or dung into fertilizers and resulting in emissions reduction...

...Biochar protects and supports the growth of roots. It increases the available nutrients for plant growth, resulting in yield increases...

...Biochar increases soil biodiversity and soil-life density...

...The water retention capacity of the biochar compost makes it ideal for conservation and the use of the scarce water...

...Biochar gardens present low-cost solutions for efficient use of urban spaces...

Biocharculture falls very much in a vision of an agriculture that supports and makes use of natural growing mechanism. Biochar is charcoal that is used for other purposes than heating. It can be a by-product or part of an entire production system. It is in this regard that I am very happy to introduce this book on Biocharculture and also to acknowledge its unfailing energetic author, Sai Bhaskar Reddy. We are happy that much of his overall insights and first hand experiences have become available through this book.

- Frank van Steenbergen, Director, MetaMeta, Netherlands

 

To give credit to the term ‘Biocharculture,’ must acknowledge Dr. N. Sai Bhaskar Reddy, Geoecology Energy Organisation (GEO), Hyderabad, India, who has been successfully utilizing ‘Biochar compost’ for the past few years in his country. He is part of the ‘vanguard’ of a new biochar-based agricultural paradigm shift, away from ‘Green Revolution’ technologies and toward ‘holistic’ growing gardening / farming techniques and which also includes many, most of the Organic and Permaculture techniques.

- Lloyd Helferty, Engineering Technologist, Principal, Biochar Consulting, Canada