Dear Mr. Tawfik
Reading your efforts I was very excited to share my work in a natural
nanotechnology for the soil. Biochar or charcoal made specifically for soil
carbon sequestration, a product of pyrolysis or Gascification of biomass for
biofuels. The Char conserves the elemental carbon in the porous form of the
lignin plant cell structure. The microbes & Fungi of the soil food web show
a synergistic affinity with these carbon structures acelerating moisture &
nutrient transport and chemicaly siganaled plant communication.
Carl Sagan's human connection to stardust leaves out a critical stage. We
are stardust, but only stardust transformed by life. Every time I look at
the SEMs of Chars, it strikes me, the perfect preservation of the base
structures of life, a fractal vision, how life creates the greatest surface
area with the least amount of material. The preservation of this structure,
for return to the lowest order of life, seems almost a religious act. A
perfect cradle to cradle recycling, biotic carbon should never be combusted
and destroyed, be revered, as life is revered, to be returned to the cradle
of terrestrial life, the Soil.
At all scales; Industry & Farm, to clean burning cook stoves for
subsistence farmers the benefits cascade.
Another significant aspect of low cost Biomass cook stoves, that produce
char, is removal of BC aerosols and no respiratory disease emissions. At
Scale, replacing "Three Stone" stoves the health benefits would equal
eradication of Malaria & Aids combined.
The Biochar Fund :
The broad smiles of 1500 subsistence farmers say it all ( that, and the size
of the Biochar corn root balls )
Exceptional results from biochar experiment in Cameroon
*Global Clean Stove Initiative:*
100 million clean-burning stoves in kitchens around the world.
WorldStoves in Haiti* ;
Agriculture allowed our cultural accent and Agriculture will now prevent our
Wise Land management; Organic farming and afforestation can build back our
Biochar allows the soil food web to build much more recalcitrant organic
carbon, ( living biomass & Glomalins) in addition to the carbon in the
Every 1 ton of Biomass yields 1/3 ton Charcoal for soil Sequestration (= to
1 Ton CO2e) + Bio-Gas & Bio-oil fuels = to 1MWh exported electricity, so is
a totally virtuous, carbon negative energy cycle.
Biochar viewed as soil Infrastructure; The old saw;
"Feed the Soil Not the Plants" becomes;
"Feed, Cloth and House the Soil, utilities included !".
Free Carbon Condominiums with carboxyl group fats in the pantry and hydroxyl
alcohol in the mini bar.
Build it and the Wee-Beasties will come.
Microbes like to sit down when they eat.
By setting this table we expand husbandry to whole new orders & Kingdoms of
Please look at the climate, profit, food security, water saving potential.
Many projects in the countries your allowing to subscribe to your network
*N & P CYCLES TOO; *
Whole systems solutions based on building soil carbon take a while to filter
through one's mind to see the manifold benefits. The "Eyes Glaze Over"
microbial complexity, labile verses recalcitrant carbon, Cation Exchange
Capacity (CEC) etc, all conspire to slow peoples comprehension .
Once thought through however, the elemental carbon nature of biochar
understood, soil's reduced GHG emissions and the local economic stimulus
perceived, then can be added that beyond rectifying the Carbon Cycle,
biochar systems serve the same healing function for the Nitrogen &
Phosphorous Cycles, Toxicity in Soils & Sediments and cut the carbon foot
print of livestock by 1/2 with a 5%Char feed ration.
The production of fossil fuel free ammonia & char (SynGest,
and the* 52% conservation of NH3 in composting with chars*, are just the
newest pathways for the highest value use of the fractionation of biomass.
I'm sad that you exclude me because of my nationality, global problems
require global solutions.
My Dad, a cold warrior, Vietnam battalion commander, gave this short answer
when asked about *Mutually Assured Destruction or MAD* defense policy,
*" GIVE ME Liberty or GIVE ME Half-Life "*
While I envision an offensive policy of* Mutually Assured Sustainability
(MAS)* in a new "Green Cold War" with China. Based on carbon accountancy,
the rules are simple; Who ever moves more Carbon from the air to the Soil
wins, but so does second place, as third and so on.
Since we have filled the air , filling the seas to full, Soil is the Only
Beneficial place left.
Carbon to the Soil, the only ubiquitous and economic place to put it.
Erich J. Knight
Chairman; Markets and Business Review Committee
US BiocharConference, at Iowa State University, June 27-30
EcoTechnologies Group Technical Adviser
Shenandoah Gardens (Owner)
1047 Dave Barry Rd.
McGaheysville, VA. 22840
540 289 9750
Co-Administrator, Biochar Data base & Discussion list
On Sat, Dec 4, 2010 at 7:16 PM, science_doc_pharma <
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