Jul 27, 2009
Charcoal for Sustainability
We produce our own charcoal for multiple use at the farm: to bury carbon as part of the requirement for responsible animal husbandry, to use it to absorb urine and reduce ammonia in litter, to act as a filter in aquaculture, to clean waste water before discharging into rivers, to use as fertiliser for our fruits and vegetables, and to use as a more efficient source of fuel.
We plant fast growing trees such as acacia mangium and gliricidia septium as a renewal source of wood for charcoal production. The fast growing trees are planted where ever we have chickens, even right next to the coops or rebans.
In the fields, they not only convert CO2 to carbon, but also absorb nutrients from the chicken dung.
In this way, we try to reduce our carbon footprint, which should be a required part (and parcel) of the process of raising animals for food.
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