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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’

About The Author: Graham Land

Greenfudge editor and London-based writer Graham Land grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, where he was part of the local hardcore punk scene, playing in several bands. Through this musical movement he became involved in grass roots interests such as anti-racist activism, animal rights and Ecology. In 2000 he relocated to Europe, eventually earning an MA from Malmö University in Sweden. He has also lived in Japan, Ireland, Portugal and Greece.


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