Interview with Eder de Souza Martins, and a sneak-peak into the heart of Brazilian remineralization research.
Dr. Thomas Goreau's research study showing an 8-fold increase in biomass volume of trees remineralized with basalt rock dust, was presented at SER2011 by RTE's executive director Joanna Campe. Click "read more" to view and download the presentation.
Society For Ecological Restoration
4th World Conference
on Ecological Restoration
Mérida, Mexico - August 21-25, 2011
Dr. Thomas Goreau, Harvard Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry and President of the Global Coral Reef Alliance, will be presenting a major new research paper at the upcoming World Conference on Ecological Restoration in Mérida, Mexico. During a 5-year research project in Panama in which tree seedlings were planted into a variety of soils, the plot remineralized with crushed basalt rock powder got astonishing results: a 2.17 increase in height and 8 times the biomass tree volume.
Int'l Coordinators Taking Leaps and Bounds
Within the next month at our website, our International Coordinators will have their own blogs in their languages as well as English and will be complete with lots of photos and video clips.
As a preview, have a look at the following updates, photos and videos from our International Coordinators:
Timo Ter Voort, our coordinator in Holland, has a stunning video in English about the product he has created in Holland called Living Foods’ Sea Minerals (Zeemineralen).
Living Foods grows remineralized foods such as the wheatgrass shown in these photos.
Niklas Fred from Finland has recently sent an initiative to the Helsinki University faculty of Forestry and Agriculture to do a Finnish research project on the effects and use of rockdust. He shared, "The initial answer was very positive" and that he is waiting to hear back "with a very positive feeling." For now he says that he is "just waiting for the upcoming season to see the changes...[from] the rockdust...[he] applied last year."
Alberto Machado of Brazil has a wonderfully informative video in Portuguese about the application of rock dust and the results there. This is worth a look even if you don’t understand Portuguese for the beautiful images of rock dust applications and results.
These photos display a Brazilian landscape before, during and after remineralization.
In Mexico, Ing Bernardo Castro is co-facilitating the III Taller Internacional de Agricultura Organica, or the 3rd International Conference on Organic Agriculture, where people from various countries will gather to learn about using accessible, low-tech solutions for healthy, organic agriculture practices. Ing. Bernardo Castro will be leading several workshops on rockdust as a highly viable alternative to chemical fertilizers highlighting its effective applications to increase soil fertility and vibrancy.
Sustainable Technologies to Enhance Biomass Production: New Tools in the Toolbox
Remineralize the Earth has the honor of hosting an Official Side Event at the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference (WIREC) on March 3rd from 1:30-3:00pm. Joanna Campe will be speaking on Soil Remineralization Around the World and the Real Food Campaign. Robin Szmidt of the Soil Remineralization Forum (UK) will be giving a presentation titled Enhancing Soil Sustainability and Bioenergy Crops Using Mineral Fines. specifically for composting. He will be joined by Larry Sikora, formerly of the USDA, who did research on remineralization for composting at the USDA in the 1990s.
In the area where the citrus trees were thriving, the ground was very flat with splintery "rusted" rocks that had a dark, almost black color. On researching further I did mineral analyses and began to do practical experiments in the field. I began to research various rock deposits in the region and studied variations in their mineral constituents.
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.