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vrijdag 5 mei 2017

The perma-misunderstanding

In our search for the food intake of plants... for the adventures of microbiology in the soil, we encountered a critical misunderstanding. A misunderstanding that persists stubbornly. A perma-misunderstanding.


Now meanwhile, as we are losing our perma-frost (among others), this specific perma-misunderstanding is still growing; namely that the soil wherein we grow our food, always needs fertilization, forever and ever. The artificial fertilizer culture has planted this into our brains... and we will not get rid of it. We systematically assume that the soil in which we breed does not dive. Not knowing that with this we ignore a very important biological process:

Namely at 1st. That the soil contains sufficient minerals in the form of rock dust... and that rock solids occur in rocky soils, river clay, sea clay, silt, löss and sand. In principle, in rocks all minerals lie embedded.
And at 2nd. That the microbes in the (active) organic substance permanently ensure that those minerals are converted to plant food. By means of plants, all minerals (from the solids) are released.

Also read 'Stone Dust Star Dust', about the minerals in the soil.
And: 'Our soil is fertile!', about the misunderstanding that compost is a fertilizer.

The more active organic compound a soil contains, the more active the microbial life will be. Only microbial life ensures a proper conversion of nutrients. It releases soil fertilizers for plants. The fertilizers cannot rinse out. The soil holds the water.
This becomes perma-nature... A permanent nature that maintains itself.

The source of this knowledge lies with microbiologist Elaine Ingham. Watch her video on you tube, or in our message: 'Old Knowledge. New Insights'.

What is perma-culture?

As soon as we step into process of the microbial soil, culture develops. Agriculture is culture, not nature. Agriculture uses natural processes, but can not be permanent. It is still under development. When we farm on the basis of microbiology in the soil, we commit to organic agriculture.
Perma-culture, however, depends on something else. Namely the permanent blossoming of nature, in large areas, such as ecologist Jhon. D. Liu shows in the Chinese example. This in itself has nothing to do with our small vegetable garden. With what we can deal, on this scale, is the (micro)biology in our soil. One can call it perma-culture... okay, but actually, a permanent culture does not really exist. Culture is under development, as we are in development. We stick to the term 'organic farming':) Because perma-culture starts to become a fashion word for everything that resembles nature.


Agriculture is acting.

... and we are too happy to act. We want to be able to adjust, keep and hold everything. And we mainly look for technical solutions. We are also pushing deeper into the technique and would like to manipulate our crops as much as possible, to control all developments, up to the genes. It is technically challenging, fascinating and very interesting and it generates money, at least this is what we expect. Otherwise it would not happen (?).
Of course, the risk of all this manipulation is that it sometimes fails. And it often fails in a way we do not recognize immediately. The food we grow with current farming seems good, but shows its shortcomings after a long-term consumption. We will not be able to see it immediately. We revere to 'a wrong lifestyle'... People eat too much of this and too little of that. Nothing indicates that our food shows deficiencies. After all... the cultivation methods 'remain within the norm' and are 'carefully treated with pesticides'... Here we have a second perma-misunderstanding? Or is it intentional?

Gradually business failures are also occurring because the scale size gives rise to this. At that moment it is time for reflection. But the reflection usually focuses entirely on the recovery of financial assets and not on a reconsideration of intrinsic errors. To say it more clearly, the manipulation remains, only the method changes. What would it be nice when we reconsider the manipulations, our fascinations for technology and artificial solutions. Soil microbiology provides a variety of possibilities within which we can release many beautiful techniques. Researchers should contribute to the optimum microbiological release of minerals from stone dust. It is a matter of 'mindset'.

A good example of this can be found in the Netherlands at the WUR: Prof. Dr. Ir. J.W. van Groenigen in 'Agriculture should not attempt to copy nature'.

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Dutch TV: VPRO Tegenlight  'Farmer looks for food flat'... lettuce in floors to 'feed the world'... with lettuce.

"Leave the ground out," the investor said with a dirty face... Do you still want to fight this human specie with words? Someone who is so far away from home?? Maybe it just needs to fail once again....

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Stella.



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