This book is dedicated to Geoff Moxhan our much loved barefoot scientist who was taken from us prematurely in a freak accident while developing a pubic domain Biochar system.
We often (especially in this region) hear of magic bullets that will transform the way we live and deliver a glorious new shinning future for humanity. Our friends at the Nimbin Hemp Embassy are convinced all we need is Hemp. While other more exotic friends believe that in December 2012 the end of the world as we know it will wipe out most of humanity, apart from a few lucky chosen people, from Nimbin of course!
The shining new bullet that is rapidly becoming popular is Biochar. So what is Biochar and can it save humanity? Put simply Biochar is crushed charcoal made in a Pyrolysis system that turns unstable woody carbon into stable carbon that can last thousands of years in the soil. It has the potential to draw excess carbon from the atmosphere and store it in productive farm soils there by reversing the Greenhouse effect!
In his forward to the book Tim Flannery states that “Biochar may represent the single most important initiative for humanity’s environmental and agricultural future”. Other noted scientist and commentators such as James Lovelock of GAIA fame and Al Gore strongly share Tim Flannery’s view!
This book is a very good book for any person interested in Biochar it’s properties and how it can be a major part of the solution for stabilising the global climate. While a lot of people are getting to hear about and understand Biochar not so many people understand Pyrolysis which is the (currently) best and environmentally healthy way of making Biochar. The book has very good explanations of Pyrolysis with pictures and simple ideas for making small backyard Pyrolysis systems.
This book will appeal to the backyard barefoot Biochar enthusiasts and the academic side of the emerging technology who want to know more about the Science behind Biochar.
Unfortunately there is no magic bullet that will save humanity from our present self-destructive pathway however Biochar coupled to urban agriculture, Biomass farming and the sustainable use of Water Energy Land in a localised setting does offer a way that we can actually withdraw carbon from the atmosphere and store it as a soil improver in productive farm soils.
There are budding new Biochar enterprises starting up around the globe. to purchase the book $30 + postage Phone