Bundesministerium für Landwirtschaft, Regionen und Tourismus
Ursprung
Terra Preta, a very fertile type of soil from the Amazon rainforest, has a fascinating secret: It contains biochar which can bind CO2 and thereby contribute to the sequestration of carbon in the ground. In addition, biochar has been shown to improve the fertility of soil. The main aim of our project was to learn more about the beneficial effects of using biochar in horticulture and agriculture and to spread knowledge about this very special type of soil to the community. To this end we developed our own soil in collaboration with the Bavarian company EM Chiemgau and subsequently marketed it through our JUNIOR Company Soilution. We also organized a public lecture in our school and built a professional biochar volatilizer.

Thanks to the input of all team members our project grew and finally became very successful: For instance, the jury of Jugend Innovativ, Austria’s prestigious competition for innovative ideas, awarded us first prize in the “Sustainability” category. As a result we will have the unique opportunity to present our achievements at the International Sustainable World Project Olympiad in Houston, Texas, in 2015.
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Bundesministerium für Landwirtschaft, Regionen und Tourismus, Ursprung
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