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The economics of ECOSS do not depend on carbon credits.  Instead the concept of sequestering carbon should be replaced by capturing and returning natural carbon cell structures into the ground in a way that allows plant and microbial communities to flourish. Buckminister Fuller taught us that the Earth knows no waste.  It is all valuable chemistry.  Our job is to discover ways that these molecules can be utilized for the benefit of life in sustainable ways.  For mankind, that benefit returns as food, income and quality of life.

The economic opportunity of ECOSS comes from helping to maintain or develop soil fertility while converting the trapped solar energy of plants into the clean energy carrier of hydrogen.  Across the world the soil has been viewed as a resource we take from rather than share with.  Farmers in some parts of the world have stripped the fertility of the soil through mismanagement which then requires more expensive chemical and nutrient supplements. The need for proper soil management and the potential value of increased crop yields and decreased farm management cost, offer an opportunity for entrepreneurs.  

The concepts presented by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins, in their book Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution,  convey principles that point to new business services which reward resource productivity. The service business of managed (or outsourcing) soil fertility can reward entrepreneurs, agri-businesses and farmers.  The increase of crop yields and greater farm income offer tangible methods of realizing gain for this fertility supply chain.

The need for CO2 credits will drive many business opportunities but few can compete with the public good derived from long term increases in the health of our soils, the development of a renewable hydrogen infrastructure and the removal of chemicals which pollute the atmosphere but are essential for plant growth.


Soil Fertility
The value creates more farm income

Soil Productivity
Creates long term gains as well as increased CO2 utilization

Renewable Hydrogen
When used to produce a sequestering fertilizer unlinks food production costs from natural gas prices.