Volcanic rock dust therapy for soil
400% increase in rice yields in Malaysia with rock dust plus soil micro-organisms
"Volcanic rock dust therapy for soil", an article in the business section of The Star Online, reports that volcanic rock dust combined with a bacterial based soil conditioner may soon become indispensable in the Malaysian agricultural sector. Robert W. Taylor, chairman of MRD Inc. (M) Sdn Bhd, is doing trials with the Agriculture Department and they have tried it out with rice fields, pineapple farms, and banana orchards with good results.
Remineralization on a roll:
Joy Kogias of New South Wales, Australia, has come up with an ingenious product to combat global warming, the greenhouse effect, loss of marine biodiversity and mass extinction. Enviro-Roll Sea Tissue is for use on all ocean going vessels, offshore oil platforms, etc...When used and disposed of in fresh or saltwater environments, the toilet paper, which is impregnated with glacial moraine, nourishes the burgeoning phytoplankton which are a key to stabilizing the climate. Enviro-Roll Land Tissue promotes the growth of land vegetation once used and discarded. She has developed regional specific seed mixes combined with rock dust for use in each country. See her website for more.
We Want Real Food is a book that calls for the remineralisation of soil and advocates the use of Rock Dust. It is currently receiving publicity in the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph.
In the past 50 years vegetables on sale in the UK have lost 24% of their magnesium, 27% of their iron and 46% of their calcium. It is time to stop the rot!
The campaign for real food begins with us, whether we shop at farmers markets, organic suppliers or at the supermarkets. We Want Real Food by Graham Harvey sets out what we can do to win the fight back for 'nutrient-rich' food that will stop us from damaging our health - in fact, a fight for real food.
Join the campaign and read more at WeWantRealFood.co.uk.
To order We Want Real Food by Graham Harvey from Amazon and by phone with the Book Service at 01208-2505800.
We Want Real Food published by Constable on 23rd February 2006.
The seminar took place in the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Aas, Norway on March 13th, 2006. The gathering included people from many different institutions and industries to discuss different aspects of rock powder application in agriculture. A report on this conference by Michael Heim can be found in the Forum. Many questions were explored and issues addressed that are relevant to practical application of rock dust worldwide. The Norwegian University of Life Sciences is a leading international centre of knowledge, focused on higher education and research within environmental- and biosciences. UMB focuses specifically on biology, food, environment, land use and natural resource management.
In an exciting new development, the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) is taking great interest in the use of production fines for soil remineralization. Mark S. Kuhar, in an editorial of the April issue of Pit and Quarry magazine, a trade magazine for the aggregate industry, announces the current forming of a National Task Force for Soil Remineralization that will strategize on how to get stone producers together with farmers and nursery operators, "in other words, how to move aggregates to agriculture." Read editorial
To revisit the 1994 Symposium on Soil Remineralization and other articles, click here.
An Interview With Bob Cain
Bob Cain, of SeaAgri, Inc. was recently featured in the November, 2006 issue of ACRES USA, the Voice of Eco-Agriculture. He is part of the minerals-from-the-ocean fertilizer movement and the article is called "Fulfilling Maynard Murray's Dream; Remineralizing Soils & Food via Sea Minerals".
Large Market for Remineralization in China
Biotech Bodisen, a large organic agricultural fertilizer company in China, was recently named the 16th fastest growing company in China by Forbes Magazine. Located in the country with the largest fertilizer market in the world (US $17 billion per year), Biotech Bodisen markets bio-based, fully degradable fertilizer products absent of manure and waste. They have recently acquired a large quantity of fossilized mineral deposits, which has been integrated into their product line. Bodisen recognizes the importance of marketing products to encourage sustainable soil treatment including the use of rock dust. All of their products are classified as "organic" by the Chinese government, meaning they do not produce crops containing harmful chemicals (however, they are not a USA organic certified fertilizer company). Biotech Bodisen has made incredible strides in making sustainable, ecologically friendly fertilization a profitable industry. They currently hold one of the world's largest agricultural product distribution networks, reaching over 60% of China's agricultural markets, up to 900 million farmers.
Remineralize the Earth is initiating its first international project in conjunction with John Todd, an internationally-recognized biologist and a visionary leader in the field of ecological design, and Ocean Arks International.
Six years ago, 2001, I started gardening for the sake of improving my ailing health. I was determined to garden organically for the sake of food purity. Setting out with little knowledge and almost zero experience I had two very disappointing years of only fair yield and relentless insect attack.
Disillusioned, I then read up on some organic pest control approaches. Armed with a little non-toxic ammo I achieved less damaged produce. However it cost extra money and time and did not improve yield.
Spencer Brook Farm, Concord, MA
Tomatoes in full bloom and lush growth going through third flowering/fruiting cycle in MA. growing on soil that was last year not much more than low pH sand and gravel. A mix of rock powders was used to bring the plants to this state. Locally available granite schist, highly paramagnetic blacksand, high trace element spectrum summa minerals as well as high calcium lime and colloidal soft rock phosphate. None of the traditional fungus or wilt diseases struck or hornworms as can be easily seen by the lush growth and numerous fruiting cycles. Tomatoes grown on nearby soil were struck down by black wilt by mid August.
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