Biochar is a valuable soil amendment because of its water and nutrient absorption capacity. Soils with up to 10% biochar will sabsorb and retain water and nutrients, lowering these requirements and costs for growers. More recently biochar has been found to be an effective food additive for livestock, studies have found improved health and productivity in livestock with 1% biochar included in livestock feed mix. This improved health is attributed to the absorption of harmful biproducts in the gastrointestinal tract and livestock bedding. Exploring the effectiveness of Biochar as a feed additive in pacific fin fish aquaculture can lead to improved fish health and improved profitably for producers. Further a biochar trickledown effect may reduce fowling under fish pens from fish waste, as is the case in tertiary agriculture. Animals such as Sea Cucumber, Prawn, Crab and the rest of the food web that feed in fowled areas on fish waste may also experience a benefit from consuming biochar.
The application of biochar to animal bedding improves foot and lung health of animals as the the biochar soaks up ammonia, other excessive nutrients and bacteria. This lowers stress on the animals, reduces vet bills and improves marketability. This used up bedding is the sustainable paydirt for anyone who puts it in their garden or farm field. The adoption of Biochar in can play a big role in adapting to climate change while lowering costs from fertilizer and irrigation for producers.
The combination of Biochar and Manure is a very powerful soil amendment and any nursery plant grown with this mix will have competitive advantage over every other seedling as in times of drought that seedling will have water and nutrients stored in biochar near its roots, making it more resilient. Millions of trees are planted every year in British Columbia and 10 percent biochar included in the seedling mix can improve the survival rate of trees and the productivity of reforestation efforts.