Biochar Benefits Could be Captured Through Policy Changes, Says Study

A study published in Global Change Biology Bioenergy evaluated the readiness level of current U.S. policies, programs, and regulatory incentives regarding the benefits of biochar. “Despite the accumulating evidence on biochar, adoption has been slow,” said lead study author Ghasideh Pourhashem of North Dakota State University. “Our new study guides how policy frameworks can change to adopt biochar as a resource-saving, crop-boosting, and health care improving material.” The researchers recommend improving policies that allow for the monetization of environmental benefits and avoided costs, recognizing soil as a resource through national preservation policy, and developing a broadly accepted set of product standards for biochar. These strategies would help the country more rapidly capitalize on the benefits offered by biochar utilization.