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Understanding soil quality: Part 5

Posted on: November 12th, 2014 by Katlyn Rumbold No Comments

Last week we discussed the harmful effects of unhealthy soil and what that could mean to us as human beings. And the findings were quite frightening.

So this week we will discuss our only hope for a healthy world as noted by an eminent French scientist and Nobel Prize winner Dr. Alexis Carrel. He published a book nearly 102 years ago titled Man the Unknown, which discusses that since soil is the basis for all human life, our only hope for a healthy world rests on re-establishing the harmony in the soil.

Dr. Alexis Carrel

Dr. Alexis Carrel

Today soils are tired, overworked, depleted, sick, and poisoned by synthetic chemicals. Hence the quality of food has suffered and so has health. Malnutrition begins with the soil. Buoyant human health depends on wholesome food, and this can only come from fertile and productive soils. Minerals in the soil, said Carrel, control the metabolism of cells in plant, animal, and man. Chiefly destroying the harmony reigning among mineral substances present in small amounts of air, water, food, but most importantly in soil, creates diseases.

If soil is deficient in trace elements, food and water will be equally deficient.

Carrel found that chemical fertilizers can’t restore soil fertility. They do not work on the soil but are enforcedly absorbed by plants, poisoning both plant and soil. Only organic humus makes for life.

Plants are great intermediaries by which the elements in rocks, converted by microorganisms into humus, can be made available to animal and man to be built into flesh, bone, and blood. Chemical fertilizers, on the contrary, can neither add to the humus content of soil nor replace it. They destroy its physical properties, and therefore its life. When chemical fertilizers are put into the soil they dissolve and seek natural combination with minerals already present. New combinations glut or overload the plant causing it to become unbalanced. Others remain in the soil; many in the forms of poisons.

Plants, said Carrel, that are chemically fertilized may look lush, but lush growth produces watery tissues, which become more susceptible to disease; and the protein quality suffers. Chemical fertilizers, said Carrel, by increasing the abundance of crops without repaving all the elements exhausted from the soil, have contributed to changing the nutritive value of our cereals.

Please note as this is our last installment in this particular series, we realize some of these stories began years ago, but we feel they still have a lot of value when looking at soil quality as it affects the circle of life. What other questions do you have regarding soil quality?

Until next time, happy trails!

You want the dirt? We got it!

Posted on: October 8th, 2014 by Katlyn Rumbold 9 Comments

No, not that dirt. Dirt dirt. Soil dirt. You know the black stuff that makes crops grow.

From this day forward we strive to be your one-stop shop for all things dirt related and beyond. We’re so excited to join the social network to better connect with YOU — our friends, our customers, our family.

So sit back, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the ride. It may be no surprise to many of you that we strive to lead the transition to biological farming by providing training and products to innovative farmers. We believe biological farming is the future of economical, high-quality food production and the foundation for healthy soil, healthy plants, healthy livestock, healthy food, and healthy people.

Dave and Carolyn Larson had no idea the legacy they were about to start when AgriEnergy Resources was founded.

Dave and Carolyn Larson had no idea the legacy they were about to start when AgriEnergy Resources was founded.

And this is our story.

It all started 27 years ago in 1987 when one innovative, American farmer founded AgriEnergy Resources to provide fellow agricultural producers with the educational opportunities, quality soil fertility products, and support services necessary for implementing renewable farming systems. For it was that year that Dave Larson started a legacy that would continue well beyond his lifetime.

This legacy would soon spread from Princeton, Illinois to several of the continental United States as well as countries outside of the U.S.

Much like all of us that are currently living out his legacy here at AgriEnergy Resources, Dave had a love for the land. Guess you could say farming was in his blood.

In 1977, he embarked on an exhaustive study of alternative philosophies and methods for agricultural production. He researched and applied principles offered by universities, other soil fertility specialists, and proponents of the Biological Theory of Ionization. This research, coupled with his own observations of the laws of nature, led him to an understanding of a group of basic principles. These principles, when applied to production agriculture, became the basis of what is now biological farming and the basis of what Daily Dirt is really about.

So, yes, we will bring you the Daily Dirt of the agricultural world, but Daily Dirt is so much more than that. It’s about a lifestyle. An all consuming faith. A passion.

It’s about the innovative, American farmer.

Until next time, happy trails!

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