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‘Dirt Rich’ — The Importance of Biochar and Regenerative Systems for Soil Health

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  • An estimated 80 percent of soil carbon in heavily farmed areas has been lost due to destructive plowing, overgrazing and the use of carbon-depleting chemical fertilizers and pesticides
  • By adding more carbon back into the soil and preventing carbon losses, we can address many of today’s most pressing problems, including dwindling water reserves, soil degeneration and poor nutrition
  • Carbon sequestration can reduce the carbon dioxide load in the atmosphere, and once sequestered in the soil, the carbon actively nourishes soil health and improves water retention
  • Organic carbon is stored in soil by exclusively binding to certain soil structures, and the soil's capacity to absorb carbon dioxide is directly related to its health
  • One way to increase carbon in your soil is to add biochar, which is created by slowly heating a biomass in a low-oxygen environment (such as a kiln) until everything but the carbon is burned off

By Dr. Mercola

It’s easy to forget that at one point, not so long ago, all food was organically grown in a way that supported the ecosystem and environment. This abruptly changed in the 1940s when the Green Revolution took hold and industrial, chemical-dependent farming techniques quickly spread to become the norm.

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