Fertility From Sea To Soil

 

The mission of our series, Farm To Fork Across America, is to broaden the awareness of those authentic people in the betterment of food — from sea to soil to seed and beyond — changing the tides of often toxic and depleting processes for the benefit of everyone’s health. One of those on a mission is Arthur Zeigler,  whose  research  in  his  own words,  “Captures  more  than  a  century’s worth of agricultural research of turning sea energy agriculture into a practical reality.”

 

Half of all species of life on Earth are found in the oceans, and these waters contain 99 percent of the planet’s living  space.  Not  to  mention  that plankton, the largest single biomass on the planet, exceeding the forests, provides nearly 50 percent of the oxygen in our atmosphere. Marine life falls victim to none of the  chronic  diseases  found  in  land animals, especially man. 

 

Zeigler believes that mineral deficiencies are the missing link. His technique is to feed nourishment derived from the sea to the soil that nourishes the crops that nourish us, completing a sustainable exchange. This unadulterated form of vitamins, minerals and proteins is the untired treasure from the sea. Where else can you find a soup of more than 89 elements, natural-source minerals, 50,000-plus  organic  substances  and the related bioactivity to benefit your soil? 

 

As my organic farm internship in Bedford Hills, New York, was coming to an end in 2011, it was time to pull my head out of the rich soil of Rainbeau Ridge and look around for more opportunities in farming. Yes, I caught the bug and was craving more. I  reached  out  to  Philippe  van  den Bossche, as I had previously worked with him. Today, his mission is building a comprehensive holistic program to  improve  the  nutrition  of  soil  on farms for a more nutrient-dense food supply worldwide.Van   den   Bossche   offered   the chance to conduct a bionutrient soils study  with  Sea-Crop.  He  was  helping  orchestrate  soil  studies  around the globe to collect data on a variety of crops grown in varying soils in an array of different bioclimates. Ag  universities, government  farms and  agronomists on private  farms conducted  these  tests. Naturally, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be a part of an international study.

 

I had the chance to work with Sea- Crop in a field trial on six different crops on a 100-acre organic farm in Thermal,  California.  For  more  than 10 months, on the other end of the telephone line was Zeigler, confirming,  reconfirming  and  reaffirming proper protocol procedures.

 

Ziegler and I were two nerds in a pod. We often went off on lengthy tangents  relishing  the  exquisiteness of microbes and their impact on the quality of the food we eat. Considering myself an amateur to this realm of science, Zeigler’s enthusiasm, kindness  and  patience  were  invaluable. So as you can imagine, I was looking forward to meeting him at his home tucked in the wild and wooly lumber mill town of Raymond, Washington.

His wife, Kathy, his son, Adam and his grandson greeted me graciously. We gathered around the kitchen table and  talked  shop  for  well  over  two hours. It all started 12 years ago when Adam fed his ill pet tropical fish a prequel supplement that Arthur learned about and developed from the studies of Dr. Maynard Murray. Within days the fish’s health returned, balancing

“the  stress”  in  the  aquarium.  Then they  tested  the  supplement  on  orchids, and within two to three months their  bloom  increased  50  percent. Arthur’s other son, Aaron, tested it on a diseased pear tree, and even without pruning, the tree became disease-free. A  few  years  into  testing  varying degrees of redesigning the concept be- hind the amendment, they witnessed “epigenetics,”  microbial  activity  becoming multigenerational. In organic farming, microbes are the  farmers within the soil, breaking down soil into digestible forms for the vegetables. If microbes aren’t flourishing in your soil, your crops will starve, becoming

susceptible to viral, fungal and insect invasion.

 

The Zeiglers even tested their supplement on dairy cows suffering from mastitis and chickens with Newcastle disease — the infections cleared. The family  knew  they  were  onto  something, and four years later went into business with Sea-Crop.

 

Armed with sprayer and an embryonic wealth of knowledge, I was suddenly well-equipped to initiate this Sea-Crop trial. As it progressed, new doors continued to open. The Linus Pauling Science Center agreed to  conduct  tissue  sample  testing  for  complex  compounds,  vitamins, antioxidants and other important nutrients inherent to each vegetable. With additional guidance from agronomist Sandy Menasha at Cornell University and from hours spent on the phone with one of my heroes, Dan Kittredge, a master of bio-nutrient dense soil practices, I knew I was in great hands.

 

Six months later, study complete, results tabulated, what did this bionutrient density study reveal, and what exactly does bionutrient-dense soil imply?

Paradoxically, the health of just 2 feet of soil largely determines the quality of the world’s food. A new scientific frontier, the study of bionutrient-dense soils is modeling this 2 feet and its impact on nutrient uptake. The premise is that a rich, healthy soil dramatically increases a crop’s nutrient content while sustaining soil quality. That being said, the study results were astonishing.

 

The amendment used is a microbial stimulant derived from the mineral density flowing from mountain streams into oceans. Sea-Crop is mined from this flow and from underwater volcanic sources rich in minerals and the basic elements for plant life. After desalinization, it is ready for use.

 

To note just a few of the significant increases found in all six crops: cauliflower, Swiss chard, carrots, beets, fennel and spinach, the average increase in crop yield was 62 percent, protein increased 13 percent, Brix increased 35 percent and phenolics by 10 percent.

 

In a world hungry for nutrition this is a truly significant discovery. Healthy soil will pass its nutrient capacity onto its crops, which in turn, pass higher nutrient-dense foods on to all living things.

 

Conventional farming is all about getting the highest yields at the cost of  the  crops’  nutritional  value.  A burgeoning  paradigm  in  how  our food is grown is a new science, a new frontier.

 

Sea-Crop  is  nutrition  and  a  pro- biotic  for  microbes  —  a  seawater- induced fertility for the soil. Zeigler published  Seawater  Concentrate  for Abundant Agriculture, and I’m proud to say the results of my field trial are part of his book.

As we made our way into the family’s garden, we stretched our legs and relished  the  taste  of  nutrient-dense tomatoes and basil and toasted to the healthy abundance in his garden with homemade rhubarb apple wine.

 

 

Julie Ann Fineman, journalist, award-winning photographer and a founder of The Foodshed Exchange (foodshedexchange.com) and Peak Plate, maintains a personal commitment to supporting sustainable agriculture. Her work includes the Huffington Post series Farm to Fork Across America. Her mission is documenting the innovative professionals who are making a difference in the food supply and expanding the boundaries of a healthier system. Fertility from the Ocean Deep by Charles Walters and Sea Energy Agriculture by Dr. Maynard Murray are available from Acres U.S.A.

 

 

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