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.

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.

- 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