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 forest product clients to gain more value from their residuals.
Innovative new ways to create biochar from these residuals, while increasing the amount of kiln heat these products provide, can be quickly implemented. A byproduct of doing so is an increase in productivity. Additionally, the clean biochar can be used to accelerate the regrowth rate of recently logged lands.
Using biochar 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 sequesters material volumes of carbon.
Via proprietary methods, biochar can be used to create carbon-negative concrete that is cost-competitive and lighter than its conventional equivalent. Biochar can also be used in asphalt and roadbed stabilization to produce similar results. Biochar-infused concrete and asphalt meet the performance testing criteria required for widespread adoption in the economy.