Designing our Future

Local Perspectives on Bioproduction, Ecosystems and Humanity

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This volume focuses primarily on society at the local and regional levels and on a scenario in which human beings coexist harmoniously with nature. This ideal society is examined in terms of the relationships between villages or towns and their natural environment. It also looks at how these villages and towns can achieve local or regional independence in the face of pressures toward centralization and globalization. This book highlights the importance of developing a society in harmony with nature through the networking of diverse communities to promote and achieve local independence.



The role of biochar in land and ecosystem sustainability

Charcoal used in agriculture was originally called “charcoal for agricultural use” or “agrichar”. In 2006, Lehmann et al. proposed the term “ biochar” (i.e. charcoal or biomass-derived black carbon) and they recommend its application not only for the benefit of crop production but also for carbon sequestration (Lehmann et al., 2006). They established an International Biochar Initiative in 2007 and expanded the movement all over the world; the reviews of biochar research were published as a monograph edited by soil scientists (Lehmann and Joseph, 2009). Responding to this activity, the Japan Biochar Association was established in April 2009.


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