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US -Focused Biochar report: Assessment of Biochar's Benefits for the USA http://www.biochar-us.org/pdf%20files/biochar_report_lowres.pdf
Very interesting Nando. Thank you for the information. It is only a matter of time before interest in mitigating climate change becomes a front burner item, although by that time it will likely be too late to turn things around…if it isn’t already.
I know very little about all this but it seems to me that orchards would not be the best type of agriculture to benefit from biochar due to the problems you mentioned. Annual crops on the other hand, where the biochar could be tilled into the soil every few years would be a better fit I would think.
Do oil prices have much of an impact on biochar? Seems like increased oil prices would drive up the cost of many fertilizers, which in turn should make biochar more competitive, I would think, although maybe oil drives up the cost of biochar production as well.
Makes good since that it is currently only economically viable with the high value crops.
However, I think it is a just a matter of time before the economics make sense. I would imagine that the profit margins will change drastically if they push through the a carbon tax, carbon credits or some other incentives to reduce carbon emissions. All businesses will be looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprints and large, midsize and maybe even small scale Agricultural operations would be in a good position to capitalize that demand with large scale biochar applications.
I would think some medium size operations would also be viable on the local municipality level (towns/cities) if they were looking to reduce their carbon footprint for a greener image or by mandate if the above carbon taxes/credits etc ever come to pass.
Of course until it makes since economically it will not come to pass.