“Climate Change is the defining issue of our time and we are at a defining moment…”
— The United Nations Climate Change Committee
Phase I of 3 — Agricultural soil exchange to create Agricultural Production Systems and
Permanent Agricultural Land (PAL)
Clean wood and vegetative materials are often termed waste, but if they have a useful end-purpose, then by Federal definition they are not waste. These materials represent 20-30% of global waste, according to the World Bank and the US EPA. So, it follows that finding a cost effective and environmentally sound use for these materials would not only be productive, but would preserve or help eliminate the need for landfill space and shift these materials from being part of the problem to a major part of a 10x solution to climate change.
As organic and biodegradable materials, these residuals are not a threat to the environment. The issue, however, is that there is so much more of these materials than can be used with current methods that up to now they have been a problem aesthetically.
Chipping and grinding may seem like a good idea, but the industry has far more of these materials than it can use or sell for land application, energy conversion, or other uses. Also, the chipping and grinding process requires the combustion of fossil fuels (mostly diesel), contributing greatly to the carbon footprint of the operation. Furthermore, by not having a use or sale for the chips and mulch, these materials are stockpiled into large compressed piles that pose a serious fire and smoke hazard through spontaneous combustion. Mulch and chip fires sometimes smolder for months at great cost to the operation, the community, and the environment.
These materials also accumulate in great volumes from forests and forestry, in agriculture from tree trimmings and crops, and from urban landscaping.
Traditionally, the open burning of these materials has been the most cost-effective solution and, therefore, the preferred solution worldwide. This is very problematic. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of the UN and many other environmental organizations, the smoke or so called “Black carbon” along with the resulting CO2 is one of the greatest contributors to climate change. In fact, open burning of clean wood and vegetative materials results in more than 35% of all “Black Carbon” in the world.
Agricultural Fuels now comes forth with what is a 10x solution to climate change. On August 20, 2020, Agricultural Fuels Corp. was granted a patent (available on our website, agfuels.biz) from the US patent office to create an “Agricultural Production System” using these clean woody and vegetative materials.
This process involves a “soil exchange” on agricultural lands whereby inorganic sands and soils are removed and replaced with clean wood and vegetative materials. These materials are then compacted with equipment and a layer of topsoil completes the system. The result is massive carbon sequestration, with the added benefit of agricultural land being returned to its original grade with improved function as grazing land or cropland, all while creating Permanent Agricultural Land (or PAL).
Agricultural farms and cattle ranches thereby receive revenue from the export of inorganic sands and soils to construction projects. These agricultural operations also receive revenue from the import of clean wood and vegetative materials. These new sources of revenue can be vital for the ongoing success of respective agricultural operations. These operations are essential to the production of food and livestock, especially in light of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic that is predicted to continue through the next year or more.
In addition to the improved functionality of the land as mentioned above, these organic materials help to retain nitrate and fertilizer runoff, preserve landfill space, and cost effectively mitigate climate change up 1000 times more than any existing methods.
For Example: One tree will sequester 48 pounds of CO2 per year. One ton of dry carbon equals two tons of wet carbon. One ton of dry carbon equal 3.67 tons of CO2. A farm facility using this methodology on average will sequester 100 tons of wet carbon per day. Therefore, one facility sequesters the equivalent of planting 2,792,999 trees per day!
There is no other more effective or cost-effective way to mitigate climate change. This method of soil sequestration can be readily replicated all over the world and unquestionably has the potential to be the new “Moonshot”, “Earthshot”, or “10X plan” for mitigating climate change. Its elegance and simplicity are obvious. It is fully verifiable and easily quantifiable. The 2018 U.S. Farm Bill calls for soil sequestration of carbon. This method has a U.S. patent. This method is supported by research and a white paper from the University of Maryland and the environmental engineers at HSA Golden in Orlando, FL. Any environmental engineer will be able to oversee the veracity of the offsets.
Agricultural Fuels Corp has already sequestered 100s of thousands of tons of CO2 using this method. Agricultural Fuels invites and welcomes individual and corporate participation, either for the creation or purchase of carbon offsets. The revenue generated will be used to vastly expand this plan up to global scale.