[permaculture] [Fwd: Re: [SANET-MG] Putting the carbon back: Black is the new green]

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lfl at intrex.net
Sun Sep 10 05:26:50 EDT 2006

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Subject: Re: [SANET-MG] Putting the carbon back: Black is the new green
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2006 19:12:05 -0400
From: Bill Grazier <TrueGrit at MCHSI.COM>

The Department of Energy is putting some big bucks into research to
validate the claims of Eprida <http://www.eprida.com/news.php4>.  Although
charcoal as soil amendment has been known world wide for many years, not
many farmers have utilized that knowledge.  Farmers are a hard sell for
new ideas and they don't part with their cash without real bonifide
evidence that charcoal will improve their bottom line.  I attempted to
sell carbon to build soil back in the late 1970s but the process wasn't
that important until global warming made sequestering of CO2 gas by
burying it in the ground.  Besides global warming, increasing cost of
natural gas has tripled the cost of fertilizer.  The Eprida process turns
CO2 into low cost valuable fertilizer.  This should encourage farmers to
start burying carbon in corn and bean fields.  In fact, it would be even
more exciting to have the government pay farmers to bury more CO2 carbon
to sequester more CO2.

Worn out soils can be reclaimed with charcoal/fertilizer amendment.  It
would be beneficial for the government to rejuvenate desert soils into
production of biomass needed to make alternative liquid fuels.

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