Modern agriculture has fed a lot of people, but its dependence on petrochemicals has led to eroded soils, polluted waterways and oceanic dead zones. These practices have resulted in biodiversity loss, desertification, and climate change.
However, there is an obvious solution to these problems. The earth’s soils still hold more carbon than the atmosphere and terrestrial ecosystems combined, and can again hold much more. The excess atmospheric carbon caused by industrialization can be transferred back to the soils, via drawdown from improved crop yields and forest productivity. When used as a soil amendment, biochar accelerates these processes, removes the need for chemical fertilizers, restores soil health, and helps cool the planet.
Myno works with Forestry Project clients to develop good jobs and additional revenue streams via beneficial reuse of thinnings.
With a heavy reliance on local labor resources, clean biochar is created from the thinnings and used to accelerate the regrowth rate of recently logged lands (generating additional carbon credits and revenue) or used to stabilize and improve roads (spurring economic development).
Using biochar as an aggregate in asphalt and concrete reduces cement requirements and thus lowers the carbon footprint of this industry. Additionally, the use of biochar in construction and road-building results in a technically superior product that sequesters material volumes of carbon.
Via proprietary methods, when used as an aggregate for road construction, biochar creates covalent bonds in cold mix asphalt applications. This is a technically superior product to hot mix asphalt. It has the added benefit of sequestering carbon, lengthening the paving season, increasing road life, and reducing maintenance costs.