Could Chicken Manure Help Save the World?

Could Chicken Manure Help Save the World?

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chicken-manure-gasifier-biochar-inst.jpgHere’s a low-cost solution to global warming and a host of other problems: chicken manure.

At Josh Frye’s poultry farm in West Virginia, the chicken waste is fed into a large, experimental incinerating machine. Out comes a charcoal-like substance known as “biochar” — which is not only an excellent fertilizer, but also helps keep carbon in the soil instead of letting it escape into the atmosphere, where it acts as a greenhouse gas.

Former vice president and environmental advocate Al Gore calls biochar “one of the most exciting new strategies” available to stop climate change. For Frye, it means that, before long, “the chicken poop could be worth more than the chickens themselves.”

(Continue reading, with charts and photos, at USA Today)

PHOTO COURTESY INTERNATIONAL BIOCHAR INITIATIVE

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