We all share the same air and the same water, and we owe our existence to six inches of topsoil and a little bit of rain.
Beneath our feet an invisible world teems with life. These complex interactions create a soil food web, with millions of nematodes protozoa and tiny microbial creatures. These play a vital role in the development of plants and the food we eat.
In Brazil’s Central Amazonian Basin, scientists have studied how these farmers, for thousands of years, have created rich soils to support microbial life and improve their crop yields. Their secret is a principle called, terra preta. It uses pyrolysis to create a charcoal-like substance that greatly increases a soil’s resilience.
Today, companies are now using technology to create a modern form of terra preta called BIOCHAR. How does it work? Wood from a nearby forest is harvested, then turned into wood chips. This FEEDSTOCK is fed into a rotary kiln that operates at temperatures roughly 500 degrees C. The kiln’s oxygen-limited environment carbonizes the biomass to create biochar. The exhaust heat it generates can also be made available as energy for human use.
Biochar has a highly unique and stable structure. Just one gram of biochar, if unfolded, would cover the entire surface of a basketball court. The unique structure of these highly porous particles helps them facilitate the exchange of nutrients and water within the soil, storing it for when its needed, and providing a resilient foundation for productive plants and life at the surface. Biochar - it strengthens the soil food web, and creates a more biologically dynamic system to grow your food.