photo by Harry Harris (source: Flickr Creative Commons)

Instead of simply burning organic waste out in the open and fertilizing crops with leftover ash, farmers in India are returning to traditional bio-char production. Producing bio-char is less polluting and a better fertilizer than ash. Bio-char use also lessens the demand for another pollutant: chemical fertilizer. However, a large market for bio-char may encourage deforestation simply for its production. Watch the CNN report below.

Burning ‘bio-char’