ECCI: Environmentally Correct Concepts, Inc.
All life on earth is carbon-based. Humans and other animals need a constant supply of carbon. The carbon containing compounds that we eat – carbohydrates, proteins, and fats - are required for energy and to build body tissue. Green plants take in carbon from the air and, directly or indirectly as feed for animals, produce the food we eat. Humans also need energy for transportation, heat and power. For the last 150 years or so fossil carbon, in the form of coal, oil or natural gas, has been the source.
We are now in a time when green plants, grown on farms and ranches, can produce a reliable source of carbohydrate carbon energy. This agricultural carbon reuses the carbohydrate carbon over and over in a never ending cycle. Understanding the earth’s carbon cycle is fundamental to understanding why the carbon cycle is increasingly out of balance.
Carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere began increasing after 1850. The records for this increase are beyond question and are widely available. This exponential increase began with the Industrial Revolution and the increased demand for fossil fuels. Burning fossil fuels releases ancient carbon stored in coal, oil and natural gas.
Higher concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide have been identified as contributing to global climate change. At this time, no one can know for sure what the consequences are of very high CO2 in the atmosphere or at what level drastic climate change will occur.
We do know that climate and weather for the last 150 years at least, while variable and sometimes violent, has allowed civilization to progress. Let’s stay with what we know. History shows the Earth’s climate is good when CO2 levels in the air stay around 350 ppmv. We can keep it that way by growing and using grasses for food and energy.
By growing and using specific grasses which are champions at pulling CO2 from the air and storing some of it in the earth, we can begin to remove and lower atmospheric CO2. . Efforts must continue to reduce the release of carbon into the air by burning less fossil carbon. But those efforts merely reduce the rate of increase and do nothing to lower CO2 concentration in the air.
It is imperative we begin immediately to remove extra carbon from the atmosphere in order to return to CO2 levels we are familiar with. Environmentally Correct Concepts Inc. has patented methods to quantify amounts of CO2 removed from the air by green terrestrial plants. By being able to quantify how actively managed land can improve CO2 uptake, we can make additional site specific management decisions that make the landscape a more effective carbon sink.
Growing and using specific grasses for food, feed and fuel is the only way to put the Fossil Carbon Dioxide Genie back in the bottle.