Sustainable biochar is a powerfully simple tool to fight global warming. This 2,000 year-old practice converts agricultural waste into a soil enhancer that can hold carbon, boost food security, and discourage deforestation. Sustainable biochar is one of the few technologies that is relatively inexpensive, widely applicable, and quickly scalable.
At the end of the year, I am tempted to look back at what developments 2013 brought to biochar research and look forward to what we may expect in 2014 and to ask for your continued support of IBI through a donation or a membership.
I am astounded at the progress that biochar science and development has made over the past year. The number of scientific articles continues to increase and contributes an ever more nuanced picture of biochars' potential and constraints. Researchers from all corners of the world have come together for large conferences and symposia throughout the year. At several international congresses, the sessions on biochar were among the largest and best attended, giving testament to the interest and sincerity with which biochar research is moving forward. And this is critical, as biochar products are now on the shelves of many garden stores and available for sale over the internet and guidance for product development is still only emerging.
IBI has made in my view the most vital contribution to providing that guidance, by developing standards, having established an associated certification program for the United States and Canada, and working to develop a protocol for carbon trading with biochar this year. These are milestones in developing sustainable biochar systems that the global biochar community of producers, users, and scientists has generated working together. Click here to read the remainder of this letter.