Cabbage Field After Pesticide Application
While our global population is increasing at a rapid pace, productive farmland is decreasing at an even more alarming rate. By some estimates farmland is being lost at a rate of nearly 40 acres per hour in the U.S. alone. It is estimated that in order to feed an additional 2.5 billion people productivity would have to increase 50% to 70%.
In the past 30 years chemical companies have made drastic improvements to herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers. Genetic modifications (GMO) to all types of seeds has seen an even more dramatic change. But this also brings up a couple of questions for discussion. Why is it that a majority of seed companies are now owned by large chemical companies today and even with these improvements, if we haven't seen a 70% increase in production over the last 30 years what leads us to believe that it will happen in the next 30 years? Can we really afford to take the risk that future generations will be fed because of these improvements alone?
Magnified Image of Biochar
It is EKAMOR's belief that increasing the productivity of marginal soils creates a sustainable solution to feed a growing population in the decades to come. Biochar, a byproduct of our process has some interesting characteristics; among them are porosity, absorption and longevity. These properties can increase water and nutrient efficiencies, create greater proliferation of microorganisms and produce better soil tilth by physically changing the soil structure.
Biochar is a byproduct of most pyrolysis and gasification systems however, not all biochar is created equal. Most systems are designed to maximize the gases from the material leaving mostly ash with a very low pH. EKAMOR's emphasis is to commercially produce a high quality biochar with little ash and a pH level that compliments plant growth. We have achieved this through our proprietary systems and technology.