With so much progress and new technology consistently evolving industries worldwide, it is sometimes easy to forget about simple and effective solutions for future growth. In 2018, while facing major global climate change issues, it is important to explore all options for sustainability and a healthy future. One of these can be found in the Biochar industry. Biochar is essentially a soil amendment that has many different uses and is created by applying heat to organic materials - most commonly, wood. By applying heat and removing oxygen from these materials you're left with an ashy-like substance that is permeable, absorbent, and very carbon-rich. Given the nature of this biomass, it is able to retain water-soluble nutrients creating a massive increase in soil health and, in turn, yielding healthier crops. It can also be used to trap heavy and harmful metals as well as nitrogen in large bodies of water produced from agricultural activity. When you remove the biochar, the pollution comes with it. In our past, this method of soil amendment has been used all over the world and is making a comeback, turning heads in the hemp industry in terms of future sustainability.
This method of biochar is currently being tested and worked through to make it economically logical for large-scale agriculture operations and most are confident using materials such as hemp will be leading the biochar industry in the months to come.