WHERE WE ARE
The good news… Farmers’ markets are burgeoning, local food is readily available through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and there is an upsurge of urban agriculture projects. Foodland Ontario produce is prominently showcased at our neighbourhood grocers.
The bad news… Climate change is real. No longer being denied, governments grapple with measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE) while we seek renewable forms of energy to replace fossil fuels at a pace that scientists estimate will not be quick enough to keep global warming at bay.
OUR SOIL WILL BE OUR SOURCE OF RECOVERY
The connection between our food and our soil is evident, but we are now making a connection between our soil and climate change. Biochar, a soil improvement product which has the ability to capture carbon and sequester it in the earth for over 1,000 years is a useful tool in our fight to mitigate climate change. A Cornell University study has estimated that 12% of current annual anthropogenic GHGE could be reduced through the sustainable production and use of biochar.
During our 16-year history, YREA has consistently developed ecologically sound initiatives that address the problems we face in our warming world.
YREA seeks funding to establish a non-profit social enterprise venture based on the production and sale of biochar. We will also explore how biochar can be integrated in carbon credit/cap and trade scenarios for municipalities and farmers and begin local research on the potential of biochar additive in animal feed and litter.