Bamboo is a wise investment
for a better world...
Bamboo is a profitable and sustainable high yield bio-mass with multiple applications.
Bamboo is the most practical Atmospheric Carbon Sequestrating Biomass, and could, theoretically, be the fastest and least expensive way to offset CO2 emissions when used as the basis for "Carbon Credits”.
There is a historic convergence of Technological Developments, Environmental Imperatives and World Trade Agreements that make the large scale development of Bamboo In the United States, a National priority; and a world wide opportunity.
Bamboo is quite possibly the most useful and underutilized resource that can be used to alleviate most of the Real Big Problems that are suddenly apparent to a large percentage of the people. We are reaching the point of No Return, while US politicians fail to act. We are running out of Air, Water, and Time, so it's up to individuals to start making changes based upon "cooperative self interest".
1. Bamtech International Inc.
Bamtech International Inc. is designed as a profit driven multinational Corporation to incorporate all aspects of Bamboo technology into one entity, from farm to consumer. This will be done with Joint Venture Partners from various industries and regions, and direct investment where partners are not available.
2. The Plantation Crop Substitution Project
The Project, is designed as a 501-(c)-3, Scientific and Educational not for profit corporation The project is designed to promote the advantages of bamboo agriculture in the United States.
1. Bamtech International: Investing in a sustainable future.
The failure of governments to achieve meaningful agreement on the solutions to Global Climate Change, means that it falls to individuals acting in concert to begin taking action.
We can develop a world wide, vertically integrated industry based upon the proven benefits of industrial Bamboo. Bamtech International provides management services for bamboo producers, and a market for the material. Once sufficient biomass can be produced, new manufacturing plants will be sited to create a plethora of sustainable products that can compete favorably with many common materials and processes.
It starts with the organization of material production into regionally cooperative enterprises.
There are two paths to increased Bamboo production. Each specific to local conditions. They are:
Small Farm Cooperative Growers Associations; and Large Scale Plantations.
In places where farming is done by small land holders working in family units, like India and Africa; it will be necessary to demonstrate the benefit that bamboo can add to existing income levels, without reducing the amount of food produced. The world is experiencing an unprecedented rise in the price of food, as demand for Bio fuels and bio materials rises. Corn, Soy, Wheat and Cotton prices are at all time highs, in part due to the high cost of Fuel and Chemicals required to produce them; and in part because Corn derived Ethanol and other industrial crops are being subsidized, and protected with high import Tariffs, in spite of the WTO efforts to “level the playing field”.
Bamboo will not require large amounts of fertilizer, once established, and it effectively controls erosion and water runoff, if planted in a systematic fashion. It is harvested during winter months when farm labor is more available for non food production, and it can be dried and processed into many useful forms at the local village level. That is The Chinese model that has brought prosperity to the area around the city of Hangzhou, most notably in Anji County, which is now considered the “Bamboo Capitol” of China. Small farmers have been organized to produce bamboo shoots, charcoal, and a lot of specialized bamboo product components, at the local level. These raw components are then shipped to factories to make finished products, adding value at every stage of the process.
In places where land is abundant, like the Americas, and Australia, the model might favor large scale Plantations devoted to industrial crops, like Bamboo, Hemp, Jatropa, and other fuel and fiber materials. These crops can be grown on land less suitable for food or urban development, and irrigated with waste water. It has been estimated that it will take the addition of 10%-20% more land to be put into agricultural biomass production, to sequester all of the CO2 that is added to the atmosphere from man made sources. That alone, is a powerful incentive to start planting vast amounts of Bamboo where it will not take the place of food production, or lead to Forest destruction.
2. The Plantation Crop Substitution Demonstration Project
The USDA has been promoting the cultivation of Bamboo in the US for over 100 years; initially, it was proposed as erosion control in the Great Plains States, but there was never a compelling reason for farmers to plant something other than Corn and Wheat, when erosion wasn't viewed as an immediate threat to profits.
By the middle of the last century, American researchers had proven that Bamboo was superior to Pine for paper production, and to corn as food, so, in the classic American tradition, the Corn and Timber Lobby pressured Congress to end the funding for Bamboo research, and to impose a quarantine on the import of bamboo plants. By 1960, bamboo research was abandoned, and forgotten in the US.
This is the first time in history that Bamboo has been studied for so many different technical uses. From food and medicine to fiber and fuel, Bamboo technology will be the "next big thing".
The Plantation Crop Substitution Project will demonstrate that Bamboo is an essential part of any attempt to address environmental problems; that it is a high value crop that can thrive on waste water; and that it is suitable for former Cotton fields. The potential for profit exists at every stage of the process.
A primary goal is to produce the "gold standard" of Carbon Credits (CDM). Bamboo cultivation may be the fastest and easiest approach to Carbon Sequestration. Initially, the project will produce biomass for Charcoal that can be certified as a long term Carbon Storage mechanism. At the same time we will be pushing the research to perfect the bacterial conversion of Biomass into Hydrogen, without energy input. This “short path Krebs cycle” will provide annual Carbon credits that are accountable, and which obviate the need for storage and prevent “Slippage”, in contrast with other Bio based CDM.