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Biochar and Sustainable Agriculture

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By Jeff Schahczenski

Published: 2010

Updated: April 2018



12 pages


This publication reviews the current research and issues surrounding the production and use of this biomass energy technology and explores how biochar can contribute to sustainable agriculture. It focuses on the use of sustainable biochar with the intention of adding it to crop production systems and possible benefits for climate change mitigation.

Table of Contents

What is Biochar?
Importance to Farmers and Ranchers
On-Farm and Community-Based Bioenergy Production
Economic Potential of Biochar
Relationship to Climate Change and Soil Carbon Sequestration
Limits of Biochar and Climate Change: The Fuel-Versus-Food Debate
Summary: The Future of Biochar for Sustainable Agriculture
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