Lithium-ion batteries use petroleum-based carbon for conductivity, but a versatile material - traditionally used in agriculture - offers the potential for a cleaner, cheaper alternative.

This technique turns waste matter into one of the most useful substances on the planet, bringing down the cost of batteries and tackling the problem of high food costs across the world.

And one small Canadian microcap — Argo Living Soils (CSE: ARGO, OTCQB: ARLSFCSE: ARGO, OTCQB: ARLSF) — is using its first mover advantage to dominate the market.

Batteries are the lynhpin technology powering our clean energy future.

Without high-capacity efficient batteries, there would be no EV revolution sweeping through the auto industry.

Without batteries, intermittent clean-energy sources like wind and solar would be impractical.

High-capacity batteries are a way to reduce emissions even for traditional energy sources.

By storing energy during low-usage times, electrical grids can create a buffer, reducing the need for greater production during peak hours.

The world’s need for batteries is so great, that many of the materials that go into making them have been declared strategic resources by the US government.1

This sector is exploding— with McKinsey predicting annual industry growth of 25% through 2030.2

In the rush to supply this voracious demand, many companies are finding ways to replace these materials with cleaner, better alternatives.

Like turning plant waste into a more efficient replacement for petroleum-based carbon.3

There’s only one publicly-traded company that focuses solely on this material: Argo Living Soils (CSE: ARGO, OTCQB: ARLSFCSE: ARGO, OTCQB: ARLSF).

And with the likely demand for an eco-friendly alternative like this, demand is likely to start high and continue rising.

That starts with its use in batteries.

Carbon black is an essential component of lithium-ion batteries, acting as an efficient conductor for the electricity stored therein.

It is also a petroleum-based product that is very energy-intensive to source and create.

Recent studies have shown that biochar has even better conductivity than traditional petroleum-based carbon black.

Adding to its appeal, biochar cuts the cost of production significantly.

As a better, cheaper, and cleaner alternative to traditional carbon black — an ability only recently discovered — biochar should hold a key role in the world’s battery supply chain.

But that’s just the beginning of the potential modern-day uses for biochar.

Biochar holds nutrients, water, and microbiomes so efficiently, it can transform entire landscapes.

That includes forests.

Biochar has been used to help forests recover at up to twice the rate they do when just replanted after a megafire.

And we need that ability more than ever today.

In Hawaii, the island of Maui was recently devastated by forest fires.

Back in 2020, the Australian wildfires were declared “one of the worst wildlife disasters in modern history” and claimed over 12 million hectares.4,5

Forest fires by themselves aren’t an existential danger. They are a part of the natural life cycle, and can contribute positively to the environment.

Megafires — fires larger than 40,000 hectares — are different. The more intense, more destructive fires we experience today can decrease an ecosystem’s vitality up to 50%.6

That can be enough to tip a forest over the breaking point — turning it into prairie, or desert.

This is even more likely if the forest is already stressed — by warmer weather, by drier climate, by invasive species, or any of the other modern issues forests face.

That’s part of the reason why so many attempts to reseed forests end in failure. Very few seedlings grow or survive after a megafire — let alone thrive.

Biochar can change that.

Not only does biochar act as a sponge in the ground — holding nutrients and water in place — but, because it performs this function in a devasted landscape, it can help prevent floods and mudslides as well.

By locking the topsoil in place, and providing the space for the soil’s microbiome to flourish, biochar jumpstarts the natural cycle.

That doesn’t only mean helping forests recover, but helping reverse desertification as well.

But — as if revolutionizing the battery and agtech industries weren’t enough…

It acts as an environmental filter as well.

The charcoal in your water filter is very similar to biochar — and biochar can be used to filter and protect entire areas.

That could mean lining old landfills to keep anything nasty contained before it spreads to the rest of the environment.

Today it is in use around Canadian lighthouses, where it stops the lead from old lead paint reaching the sea.

Biochar is such an efficient filter, a field treated with biochar and manure will have no smell whatsoever.

That’s what makes it such a promising material for recycling old tech — including old batteries.7

Recycling heavy metals like lead is cleaner, easier, and more efficient than digging fresh supply out of the ground.

And biochar is more efficient at it than using conventional petroleum-based charcoal, which is what is used today.

In fact — for just about any application we have today for charcoal, biochar is a cleaner, more efficient alternative.

That includes throughout healthcare, where charcoal is used extensively to filter environments and keep equipment clean and sterile.

Altogether, the charcoal sector is expected to be worth over $8 billion by 2028.

With half the environmental impact and a way to make efficient use of plant waste, biochar could soon become preferred over traditional petroleum-based charcoal.8

But revolutionizing the charcoal industry, batteries and agtech still doesn’t begin to scratch the surface.

In all, there are over 50 uses for biochar known today, with more constantly being discovered.

How can one substance be this useful? And why has no company taken advantage before?

The Best Form of Carbon We Have

Biochar is, at its core, a sponge.

It’s essentially charcoal made out of biological material — very similar to the charcoal inside your water filter.

Just as that charcoal traps impurities as water passes through, biochar can trap anything added to it.

One of the reasons biochar acts so efficiently is because it is so topographically complex.

One square inch of biochar has the same surface area as a football field.

That makes for an ideal home for the creatures that make up soil microbiomes — creating healthy soil.

It also creates plentiful space to charge with whatever you like.

This makes it an ideal additive for plant growth.

Add manure, and use less — because you don’t have to account for runoff, which biochar eliminates.

The same is true for any fertilizer or additive you could use.

And for the amount of water your plants will need.

Biochar is basically a healthy soil starter you can seed anywhere.

It allows new growth a chance to take root in devastated landscapes, which otherwise often sees rainfall flooding downhill, carrying topsoil with it.

In addition to creating the perfect conditions for plant growth and ecological recovery…

Biochar itself can fuel that growth. Made out of the carbon used by old plants, biochar naturally gets recycled into new ones as they use the fuel around them.

Today, there are countless examples of scientists discovering new uses for biochar — from saving forests to feeding nations to creating better batteries and recycling old tech at the end of its life.

Argo Living Soils (CSE: ARGO, OTCQB: ARLSFCSE: ARGO, OTCQB: ARLSF) wants to scale up these proofs-of-concept and introduce biochar to the mass market.

And now, thanks to a recent partnership with an established biochar producer in Canada, Argo Living Soils can provide one.

That means the company is sitting on a huge potential gold mine.

Forget for the moment all the tech applications of biochar, or any of its other multiple uses.

By the time biochar adaption is fully scaled up, companies like Argo Living Soils could capture a significant corner of the $4 trillion agricultural business.

A Solution to Our Looming Food Crises

The war in Ukraine has turned the world’s attention to its food supply.

But the war, horrible as it is, isn’t the largest issue threatening the world’s stomachs.

The larger issue is, in order to keep up with rising populations, greater and greater demands are being made on the land.

 And some of the land isn’t responding well.

Due to a combination of over-cultivation, overgrazing, destruction of forests, and other human activities, we are currently in the midst of a crisis of land degradation and desertification.

We turned the Fertile Crescent of ancient Iran and Iraq into a desert largely through over-cultivation. Now, we’re repeating our past mistakes, on a much larger scale.

Today, 30% of China’s land is desert.9 Despite expensive interventions, that figure continues to grow.

Like much of Africa, Kenya is seeing rapid soil depletion due to deforestation and over-cultivation.

Meanwhile, in Mali, the Saharan Desert has finished consuming almost every piece of arable land. The Saharan continues to expand.

Biochar can potentially fix all of these problems.

It is even being studied as a way to make deserts into arable land once again.

The beauty of biochar is it can be charged with just about any healthy substance you want — from nutrient-rich manure, to existing colonies of micro-organisms that can seed the soil.

If you want to use it to regrow forests, it is perfect for that.

If you want to grow crops with award-winning yields, it can do that too.

Biochar allows you to put exactly what you want into the soil — without worrying about run-off, without concern about soil depletion.

Because you have given your soil a natural booster shot. One that builds over time, as the micro-organisms it encourages lead to the production of healthy topsoil, and a healthy soil ecosystem with nutrients readily available for growing plants.

For small gardens, 10% biochar is the ideal blend. At that ratio, farmers report vegetables double the previous size — with multiple award-winners at state fairs.

For larger plots, the biochar is usually mixed in 1-3% a year, over the course of a few years.

After 3-5 years, those large plots show similar improvements in yields.

That’s because biochar is like a power pellet for plant growth.

As you’ve learned, it’s not just the nutrients that biochar carries, either.

One Square Inch of Biochar Has the Same Surface Area as a Football Field

It is extremely sponge-like, with unending nooks and crannies.

That’s a lot of space to grow — it has been likened to condos for healthy micro-organisms.

It locks all nutrients in place — to be accessed by our crops, or anything else we’d like to grow.

It is completely organic — making possible high-yield organic farming that can compete with anything else out there.

It saves farmers money; since it locks fertilizer in place, much less is needed.

It creates the same savings with water.

Biochar itself is made of carbon — one of the essential ingredients for life.

A single application of biochar can help revive land, slowly.

But repeated applications over the course of years can completely transform the ecosystem.

Making once-infertile fields fertile again.

Giving already-fertile fields a yield boost.

And providing the much-needed innovation we need to keep up with a growing global population of ~10.5 billion by 2080.10

Not to mention, creating a recurring customer base for biochar producers and distributors.

Argo Living Soils (CSE: ARGO, OTCQB: ARLSFCSE: ARGO, OTCQB: ARLSF) is cornering this still-small corner of the agtech market by charging its biochar with the best stuff around.

Yet, at the end of the day, biochar’s uses in agriculture may be dwarfed by its uses in battery construction, recycling, and other tech applications.

This wonder substance solves so many problems in so many industries, its success is virtually assured.

Yet very few companies see this future taking hold — or have positioned themselves to profit.

The First Mover Advantage, in a Can’t Miss Industry

Beyond revolutionizing battery tech…

And increasing the efficiency and cost of recycling heavy metals…

Beyond helping protect forests…

And helping to revive farmland soils…

Beyond protecting ecosystems from agricultural runoff…

And transforming devastated landscapes into productive ones once again…

The list of biochar uses just goes on.

From acting as a cheap, strong cement additive that cuts down on energy costs and carbon emissions…

To helping lock and clean pollutants out of the soil.

Today Argo Living Soils (CSE: ARGO, OTCQB: ARLSFCSE: ARGO, OTCQB: ARLSF) is focusing on the most immediate and most obvious applications.

While batteries may be the most exciting part of the biochar story…

There are greater pressing needs that are easier to solve.

Like helping our soils recover, and helping our organic farming sector thrive.

As the best nutrient delivery system yet discovered… combined with the healthy micro-biome that Argo can deliver, pre-installed in biochar…

Argo’s organic biochar is ready to revolutionize the organic fertilizer industry.

Not as a replacement — but as an additive.

Argo can provide biochar combined with manure — which has the added bonus of no scent, since all the nutrients are locked in the biochar.

Argo can provide biochar combined with nitrogen- or phosphate-rich nutrient profiles, or it can provide biochar that has already had micro-organism colonies cooking and ready to spread, creating healthy soil wherever they are laid.

It can provide biochar already charged with water to help quench thirsty plants in droughts… or it can come without that charge, to help capture rainfall and prevent flash floods.

Biochar has been around for millennia.

But the insight of how to use that biochar most effectively — as a solution for many of today’s problems?

That is a very recent development.

By providing the organic agricultural industry the exact tool it needs to survive and thrive — potentially becoming cost-competitive with large-scale farming practices…

Argo Living Soils (CSE: ARGO, OTCQB: ARLSFCSE: ARGO, OTCQB: ARLSF) is delivering biochar to the lowest-hanging fruit first.

But make no mistake. That is just the toehold — the opportunity for Argo to become the dominant biochar company, delivering specialized biochar to multiple industries.

Including, eventually, the battery and tech industry.

Just recently, Argo signed a licensing agreement with Canadian Agrichar, one of North America’s established biochar manufacturers.

Argo is now their only distributor, and gets a commission on all products sold.

But that’s just the start.

Argo is already developing its own biochar-manufacturing devices. Both for use in production facilities, and mobile devices that can go right to scenes of need, like recent forest fires or battery plants.

Argo’s biochar can be custom-charged for different purposes — creating the most powerful organic additive we’ve yet seen.

Or it can be delivered in its most electrically-conductive state, ready to take the place of carbon black in industrial uses.

Even Dubai has shown interest in it as a way to potentially reclaim the desert.

This is an exciting young industry — one without many established players, or even an established market.

The overall market is still in the discovery phase, as scientific study of the benefits of biochar only recently revealed how powerful this substance can be.

As word spreads, Argo Living Soils believes demand will skyrocket.

To keep up with forest regeneration projects alone, thousands of industrial-size biochar generators would need to be built.

Every battery plant may soon want its own biochar-production facility — which Argo Living Soils can create and service.

Our farmers will gladly make use of biochar to increase the vitality of their fields, and the yields of their crops.

And governments are already using biochar to protect and clean land. Distributing biochar to superfund or contaminated sites could soon be commonplace.

Stronger, cheaper, cleaner cement can be made with biochar.

The potential applications just never end.

Biochar holds the potential to be the most important tool material science will give us for decades.

Whether you are excited about its role in the battery supply chain, its use transforming ecologies and environments, its ability to take over the $8 billion charcoal sector, or any of its other myriad applications…

Then you should speak with your financial advisor to see if an investment in Argo Living Soils (CSE: ARGO, OTCQB: ARLSFCSE: ARGO, OTCQB: ARLSF) is right for you.

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1 https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/02/22/fact-sheet-securing-a-made-in-america-supply-chain-for-critical-minerals/
2 https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/automotive-and-assembly/our-insights/battery-2030-resilient-sustainable-and-circular
3 https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acssuschemeng.2c02974
4 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/28/almost-3-billion-animals-affected-by-australian-megafires-report-shows-aoe
5https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2020-03-05/bushfire-crisis-five-big-numbers/12007716
6 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/357072316_The_Effects_of_a_Megafire_on_Ecosystem_Services_and_the_Pace_of_Landscape_Recovery
7 https://www.wasterecyclingmag.ca/batteries/study-looks-into-biochar-for-battery-recycling/1003289347/
8 https://www.globenewswire.com/en/news-release/2022/12/06/2568436/0/en/Charcoal-Market-Revenue-to-Surpass-8-09-Billion-by-2028-Africa-Produces-Over-34-Million-Tons-of-Charcoal.html
9 https://earth.org/data_visualization/how-desertification-has-affected-these-9-countries-since-1984/
10 https://database.earth/population/by-country/2080

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