April 2011 marks the modest beginnings of a new era of sustainable development in Cameroon. A two-day workshop beginning April 1st, sponsored by Remineralize the Earth (RTE) and organized by Dr. Gilbert Kuepouo, introduced the principles and practices of remineralization in the context of a new agriculture for Cameroon. This small country in central Africa is a place of natural diversity and rich agricultural traditions, but in recent years, industrialized farming has taken a heavy toll on the health of the environment and the integrity of rural communities.
The Western Andes Range has one of the richest mineral deposits of volcanic origin in the Andes Mountains. This is where Daniel Giraldo, coordinator for Remineralize the Earth (RTE) in Colombia and owner of Agrempacados E.U., obtains the raw material for the rock dust that he offers to local farmers for soil remineralization.
Gilbert Kuepouo, Remineralize the Earth (RTE) coordinator for Cameroon, will be leading a remineralization workshop—scheduled for April 1–2, 2011, in the capital city of Yaoundé—that will gather together the people, organizations, and communities interested in using rock-based fertilizers in Cameroon. This is the first such gathering in this beautiful and diverse sub-Saharan African nation.
“The biggest challenge in teaching about the use of rock dust is breaking the paradigm of a sixty year-long tradition of using chemical fertilizers,” said Jorge Villaseñor Garibi in a recent interview for Remineralize the Earth (RTE) that explored his experiences with training Mexican farmers in the use of rock dust.
On June 4, RTE Mexico coordinator Jorge Vilaseñor recently gave an educational workshop to children in Zapopan, Jalisco and Mexico.
On November 27, a conference on rocks and alternative minerals to fertilize soils and use as biofuel was held at the Center of Mineral Technology (CETEM) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. RTE Coordinator in Brazil, Alberto Machado and Carlos Cristan, attended the event, where geologists, agronomists, veterinaries, biologists, farmers, entrepreneurs and government officials had the opportunity to discuss proposals for public policies for the support and feasibility of the remineralization of Brazilian soils.
From September 21-24, 2009, the Brazilian Conference of Rochagem will be taking place in Brasília. With the help of various Brazilian Institutions, the congress will cover topics on the most recent cutting edge research, as well as regulation and mineral production for soil remineralization to form a coherent policy making strategy. The conference will be attended by Carlos Cristan and Alberto Machado, our international coordinator in Brazil as well as many agrogeologists from Canada and South America. The conference is being sponsored by Petrobras and other companies and government agencies and it is organized by researchers from the University of Brazil.
More information in Portuguese can be found here.
Update: For photos of the conference, click below.
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.