The science of soil amendment has been around for thousands of years. Anthologists and archaeologists agree that cooking fires used by indigenous populations around the world including Ecuador, Peru, Benin, Australia and Liberia in West Africa have created some of the earth’s richest soil known as Terra Preta or Black Earth. Biochar has been created and used by humans in traditional agricultural practices in the Amazon Basin of South America for more than 2,500 years. Some soils are thought to be 7,000 years old.
History has shown in Asian countries like Japan, China, Korea, Thailand and Indonesia, high intensive agriculture has been popular since ancient times because of high population density and limited available land. Therefore, various traditional cultivation techniques were developed to raise the productivity of crops. Rice husk charcoal and various kinds of ash were important materials for soil amendment and mineral supply.
Biochar is a porous material with high water and air retention capacities and high alkalinity. This combination stimulates root growth and enhances the infection of various symbiotic microbes to plant partners. The use of carbonised material in agriculture, forestry and horticulture will contribute to the sustainability of crop production, soil conservation and carbon sequestration.
As the old saying goes “Nature knows best", the Western World is realizing that over use of artificial products and unsuitable chemicals, are damaging our fragile environment causing irreparable damage. While many countries are now using natural organic products and sustainable practises resulting in higher yields and environmentally sound results.
Biochar is a fine grained charcoal high in organic carbon and largely resistant to decomposition. It is produced from pyrolysis of plant waste feedstock. It is important to use high quality feedstock if you require long term return from your investment, as poor quality feedstock will decompose at a faster rate. As a soil amendment, Biochar creates a recalcitrant soil carbon pool that is carbon-negative, serving as a net withdrawal of atmospheric carbon dioxide stored in soil carbon stocks.
The enhanced nutrient retention capacity of bio char amended soil not only reduces the total fertilizer requirement by up to 60%, but also the climate and environmental impact on croplands. Char-amended soils have shown 50 – 80 % reductions in nitrous oxide emissions and reduced runoff of phosphorous into surface waters and leaching of nitrogen into groundwater
Regen Biochar offers the highest quality carbon available on the market today. Utilizing the latest patented technology on high temperature pyrolysis, the selected hardwood sawdust, sourced from timber industry trade waste, is subjected to temperatures over 1000 degree C in a special designed fluid bed reactor that introduces steam injection during the process. This gives the bio char increased quality standards similar to activated carbon with greater water holding capacity and durability, lasting longer than other types of bio char produced from other types of material.
An investment in Regen Biochar today, is an investment in the future.