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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. A culture of artificial-fertilizer-agriculture has planted this into our minds... and it is very hard to 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. about the minerals: That the soil contains sufficient minerals (fertilizers) in the form of rock dust... and that all soils can contain this rock dust... clay, silt, löss and (even) sand. To start with all necessary minerals lie embedded in rocks.
And at 2nd. about the biological life in the soil: That the microbes in the (active) organic matter permanently ensure that those minerals are converted into plant food. Plants release the minerals from the soil the minute they grow.

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 well-digested organic material in the soil, the more active the microbial life will be. Only microbial life ensures a proper conversion of nutrients. This releases the necessary fertilizers from the soil for the plants, they 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 YouTube, or in our message: 'Old Knowledge. New Insights'.

What is perma-culture?

As soon as we step into the process of the microbiology of the soil, culture develops. Agriculture is culture, not nature. Agriculture uses natural processes, but cannot be permanent. It is still under development. When we farm on the basis of the 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 John. D. Liu shows in the Chinese example. This in itself has nothing to do with our small vegetable garden. On our scale we concentrate on the (micro)biology of 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 under development. Here we like to stick to the term 'organic farming'. Perma-culture starts to become a fashion word for everything that resembles natural farming...


Agriculture is acting

... and we are too happy to act. We as a whole, 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 shows that our food has deficiencies. After all... the cultivation methods 'remain within the limits' 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 our manipulations, our fascinations for technology and artificial solutions. Soil microbiology provides a variety of possibilities within which we can release many beautiful techniques. Researchers could contribute to the optimization of microbiological release of minerals from stone dust. It is a matter of 'mindset'. Or is it too simple?


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