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Using food and fisheries waste to provide sustainable soil and cultivation for Europe
The University of Portsmouth is playing a major role in a European project using agricultural and fisheries waste to develop sustainable methods and products to improve soil quality and reduce CO2 emissions.
The aim of the project is to replace non-renewable horticultural resources (chemical fertilisers, pesticides and growing media such as peat, coir or stonewool) with local and renewable agriculture, food and fisheries waste. This waste can then be turned into bio-energy, biochar (charcoal that is used as a soil amendement which can hold carbon in soil for hundreds to thousands of years) and a biodegradable material called chitin to use as soil substrates and fertilisers.
Biochar could replace unsustainable
peat moss in greenhouse industry
"Plant lovers are familiar with peat moss as the major component of potting mix, but harvest of the material is becoming unsustainable. Not only is peat being removed faster than it can re-form, its use in potting mix contributes to the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere."
Terra Char will be returning to two annual conferences in January. We'll have an information booth providing advice, all the latest updates, and samples of our high quality biochar.
For more information, click the events in our calendar, or visit the websites below.
38th Annual EcoFarm Conference
Mid-America Organic Association
Terra Char biochar & Bluebird Composting
Terra Char is pleased to announce that we are entering a partnership with Bluebird Composting LLC. Together, we plan to provide new ready-to-use products consisting of Bluebird compost and various blends of Terra Char biochar.
On their website, Bluebird states, "All of us at Bluebird Composting strive for sustainability in our own lives and are passionate about providing a product that is sustainable produced and encourages others to grow sustainably." Terra Char looks forward to working together with Bluebird Composting to provide products that will do just that.
Govt ignored solution on stubble burning (India)
Researchers say report submitted last year, but no action taken yet.
"According to the research, stubble burning also deteriorates the nutritional value of soil and leads to 100 percent carbon loss, 90 percent nitrogen loss, 25 percent phosphorus loss and 60 percent sulphur loss. Formation of biochar is known for restoring the nutrient loss in soil as well, which is why scientists are considering it as the best solution."
Bringing Dead Zones Back To Life
Aug 15, 2008: A Science Magazine published a study titled Spreading Dead Zones and Consequences for Marine Ecosystems The study, authored by Rutger Rosenberg and Robert J. Diaz states, "Dead zones have now been reported from more than 400 systems, affecting a total area of more than 245,000 square kilometers..." Diaz, a biological oceanographer at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, has pointed out that the area of dead zones has doubled every decade since the 1960's.
On August 2, 2017, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported, "Scientists have determined this year’s Gulf of Mexico 'dead zone,' an area of low oxygen that can kill fish and marine life, is 8,776 square miles, an area about the size of New Jersey. It is the largest measured since dead zone mapping began there in 1985." [source]
EcoFarmingDaily has published this article written by Terra Char's very own Soil & Biochar Consultant, David Yarrow!