Cool Planet, the Colorado based bio-tech firm have received a boost for their engineered bio-carbon product Cool Terra, with it earning its USDA Certified Biobased Product Label. The carbon neagative soil amendment, harnesses a thermo-mechanical process to turn biomass into engineered biocarbon and Cool Planet believes it is well placed to revolutionize the food, water, and energy markets. Cool Terra naturally increases the water holding capacity of most soils, improves nutrient efficiency at the root level and nurtures microbial growth supporting soil health and plant growth. Plus it sequesters carbon from the atmosphere by taking CO2 captured by plants and storing it in the soil underground. And can be used for agriculture, landscape, turf, nursery and ornamental markets. Earning the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label, Cool Terra Engineered Biocarbon fulfills all federal purchasing requirements for biobased products through the USDA BioPreferred program.
“We’re pleased to be part of the USDA BioPreferred program as agriculture continues to move toward more sustainable, progressive practices,” says Howard Janzen, CEO of Cool Planet, the manufacturer of Cool Terra. “By delivering a solution that sequesters carbon, helps to improve soil health and increases water and nutrient efficiency, Cool Terra benefits the environment, government agencies and growers.”
Cool Terra Engineered Biocarbon is different from standard biochar products due to Cool Planet’s proprietary detoxifying and treatment process which provides the following features:
- Removing toxins, residues and cleaning pores.
- Adjusting key soil health properties of the material.
- Delivering a product designed to better retain water and nutrients at the root level.
The resulting engineered biocarbon is a unique material that produces consistent and reliable results for many applications in the agriculture industry. Through the USDA BioPreferred program, all biobased amount claims are verified by independent labs and monitored by the USDA. Consumers may feel secure in the accuracy of the biobased amount and be empowered in making better-informed purchasing decisions by using the BioPreferred Program Catalog.
The USDA BioPreferred (@)program was created by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 Farm Bill), and expanded by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill). The purpose is to increase the purchase and use of biobased products. The United States Department of Agriculture manages the program.
Cool Planet’s (@)technology has a broad portfolio of pending and granted patents. Strategic investors include BP, Google Ventures, the Constellation division of Exelon, Energy Technology Ventures (GE, NRG and Conoco Phillips), and leading venture capital investors, including North Bridge Venture Partners.
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