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Environment

Environmental Effects of Bamboo

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Bamboo has the potential to solve many of our greenhouse issues. It stores four times more carbon dioxide (CO2) than a similar stand of trees while releasing 23% more oxygen.   Learn from horticulturist and visionary Jackie Heinricher about all the ways bamboo can help protect the planet and bring green business to the US.

Show Highlights: 

  • Part 1:  Solutions for Climate change- Bamboo, a grass, offers way more environmental benefits then tree alternatives and takes up much less land mass to grow.  Learn about why bamboo can be used for hardwood applications (flooring, furniture) and soft fiber applications (apparel, paper, etc).  Clear up common myths about all bamboo as being invasive plants.  Listen to Segment 1
  • Part 2: Bamboo Diminishing Supplies – Bamboo is on the route to extinction.  In the Far East this crop is being over harvested, which is effecting the overall health of the plant.  Normally, trees through cones, etc  generate seeds early and often.  Bamboo seeds once every 60-100 years.  Find out how BooShoot solves on of the big problems with bamboo through cloning bamboo. Listen to Segment 2
  • Part 3: Building a Green Economy through bamboo – Bamboo can help bring back oversea jobs back to the US.  With virtually no retooling, many of the industries in Southern US can be re purposed for bamboo. Listen to Segment 3.
  • Part 4: New developments in Bamboo- Learn how farmers, companies, and governments are working together to build a bamboo industry in the US. Listen to Segment 4

About our Guest: 

An innovator and visionary, Jackie Heinricher’s work is helping to support economically challenged communities domestically and internationally by expanding markets for agriculture, forestry, bio-fuel, textiles, green building materials, pulp for paper production and climate mitigation. As founder and CEO of Booshoot, a pioneer and leader in bamboo tissue culture, Heinricher has developed unique, patent-pending technologies that have fueled a transformative shift in how bamboo is grown, propagated and harvested worldwide, offering the potential for it to be grown sustainably and rapidly on a mass agricultural scale.

Prior to founding Booshoot, Heinricher spent a decade in fishery science and management including serving as reservoir manager for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and coordinator for a 28-state study for the Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association. Named one of Seattle Business Magazine’s Top Innovators and winner of Martha Stewart’s “Dreamers Into Doers” award, Heinricher has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications and been featured in The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Smithsonian, The Seattle Times and on NPR. She holds a master’s degree in fisheries from Tennessee Tech University.

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