Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Life and Energy in Agriculture - Progressive Biological Life

Life & Energy in Agriculture, by Arden B. Anderson

A Summary

This is a book report of sorts. I quote Dr. Anderson frequently but condense and summarize significantly from the original text. This book a gem on the role of energy on soil health and produce quality. The original is a quick read and very engaging if you want to learn about the path less taken in agriculture.

Progressive Biological Life

Soil is alive. Living soil is healthy and healthful. Electromagnetic charge is the manifestation of the life force in the soil. Freeing the flow of the magnetic field in the soil is basic to any fertility program. Soil building is the basis of food-building, which is the basis of human health. Minerals are vital to human metabolism and health, you can't assimilate minerals that aren't in the soil in which the food is grown. Dr. Charles Northern was able to double and redouble the mineral content of fruits and vegetables, increase the mineral levels of milk and eggs, and improve the shelf life of all food simply by remineralizing the soil. He says, “It is simple to cure sick soil than sick people”.

So what are the soil building materials. Calcium is king, and determines the volume of the crop and its the major element against which other nutrients react to release energy. Calcium is nature's detoxifier and has a great role in neutralizing toxicities. Calcium is need for all growth, whether in plants, foliage, or fruit. Calcium is the most neglected nutrient in most fertilization programs, and this neglect is the primary cause of soil demise. Because of the neglect of calcium people and animals are starving for minerals on full stomachs. Calcium is needed for proper nutrient transport and assimilation, but its most important function is that of energy transformation in photosynthesis to produce plant sugars.

Phosphate is also currently neglected in fertilization programs. In the compound ATP and ADP phosphate plays an important in the breakdown and formulation of metabolic compounds. A good rule of thumb is is the high the phosphate content the higher the mineral content. If there is a phosphate deficiency, there is an amino acid deficiency. One of the most key processes is the creation of nucleoproteins, known as DNA and RNA.

Potassium, next to nitrogen, if the most misused, overused, and abused element in farming. Its most basic function is to determine the caliber and thickness of the stalks and leaves, fruit size and number of fruit. Used in excess, potassium replaces calcium in the cell structure, resulting in a diseased cell (a cell the resonates at a discordant frequency). Modern agriculture is addicted to nitrogen and potash. As with other addictions more and more is needed and as the soil degenerates it requires more “drugs” just to maintain a constant yield. Potash plays a key role but it needs to be in balance with other nutrients.

Nitrogen is also severely overused and produces great profits for the fertilizer industry. Nitrogen is one of the major electrolytes in soil and living tissue. As a primary component of protein and amino acids, without nitrogen there can be no life. Nitrogen toxicity occurs when too much nitrogen is used in comparison with other elements. This causes, mineral deficiencies, that result in plants that resonate at discordant frequencies, attracting swarms of insects, soils infected with diseases and stress from environmental conditions. Mineral deficiencies result in plants that have poor nutritional value, short shelf life, and lack of flavor. Soil bacteria and plants have the capacity of getting much of their nitrogen needs from the air if they are allowed to do so.

Carbon is the basis for all organic life. Carbon is a key element in the process of increasing the soil's magnetic field. It is also a key element in the formation of healthy soil structure, tilth, and water holding capacity. Biologically active carbon is vital to life in the soil and living processes. It it the bacteria that these carbon forms colonize that bring life to the soil.

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