Hello pvbiochar.org membership : )
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Now to introduce myself, my name is Peter King. I'm a PVBI co-founder, and digital designer (http://sweetandfizzy.com
) from Easthampton, MA. Since learning of Terra Preta in 2008, I have been enthusiastically absorbing information about biochar, meeting regularly with PVBI in Belchertown, and tinkering with conversion of backyard branch debris to biochar with my near smokeless TLUD/pyrolysis retort/grill thingamajig. I have a life-long passion for creative problem solving, esp. applied to human ecology solutions using ecological science & engineering.
I believe the word economics and ecology share the root eco for a reason, and that in a closed system there cannot be infinite growth. Our economy is suffering because our consumption rate is beyond earths limits, and the debt we are accruing from overdrawing our ecological accounts is consuming our future. We will only secure our future by paying back our indebtedness, such as returning overdrawn carbon to the soil.
Other interests: Permaculture, Living Machines, appropriate technology, biomimicry design & engineering, bamboo construction, restoring U.S. hemp agriculture and industry (jobs!), interactive fractals.
Glad to meet you, : ) !