Sea Energy Agriculture
Most people think sea water kills plants. Right out of the ocean it does, just like any other fertilizer that is not diluted properly.
But did you know that sea mineral fertilizer is actually perfect plant food? It produces incredible results in agriculture, back yard gardening, compost tea brewing, and even on the lawn. There's even a book about using sea minerals to supplement hydroponic fertilizers called Sea Energy Agriculture, by Dr. Maynard Murray.
Dr. Murray was a biochemist, research scientist and medical doctor. As a result of discussions with other scientists, he learned that cancer or cancerous tumors were very rarely found in ocean lifeforms. This insight triggered decades of research in this field that was the original inspiration for Earth Tonic and that we can all take advantage of in our farms and gardens today.
Beginning in 1938 and continuing through the 1950s, Dr. Maynard Murray used sea minerals as fertilizer on a variety of vegetables, fruits and grains. His extensive experiments demonstrated repeatedly and conclusively that plants fertilized with sea solids and animals fed sea-solid-fertilized feeds grow stronger and more resistant to disease.
The secret is in proportion and balance. The ocean receives countless inputs on a daily basis yet maintains the same general mineral composition with only slight variations over the millennia. This is quite amazing if you think about it and evidence towards the deliberate balance that life moves towards without human interference.
The work of Rene Quinton illustrates the similarity of ocean minerals with body plasma. This is why table salt (NaCl) is so bad for people. Both sodium (Na) and chlorine (Cl) are both vital for health in living organisms; the reason people experience hypertension, add water weight, and become bloated from high sodium diets is not from the sodium directly, but the havoc created as cells try and regulate the mineral imbalance. The same is true of budget fertilizers like Miracle Gro, and even hydroponic fertilizers. They are fast food for plants.
As Dr. Murray said himself, "My sea water experiments produced excellent results. It conclusively proves the proportions of trace minerals and elements present in sea water are optimum for growth and health of both land and sea life."
In simple terms, using sea minerals in your gardens and farms is bringing back what has eroded and what has been taken from the land over time. Plants are resilient, but they desire much more than they require. Imagine what we are missing by not growing with total nutrition?
In Sea Energy Agriculture, Dr. Maynard Murray makes the following analogy:
“If a soil is like a mine with its myriad of elements, then whenever man tills it, plants crops and in other ways engages in farming, he is for all practical purposes engaged in the business of mining. Like a miner, the farmer breaks the earth with digging tools, but instead of dynamite, he plants seeds to loosen the minerals and elements from their holding matrix. And finally, he carts away his minerals in the form of food rather than ore.”
Farming defines humanity. The first farmer allowed humans to settle and become specialized in human endeavors. Until the dawn of the industrial revolution in the early 1900’s we had no choice but to approach agriculture within the healthy confines of natural living systems.
Since then we have devised myriad ways in which to take advantage of Mother Nature. We have plundered the topsoil and we are only adding a fraction back. We are hitting a wall, and we know it, which is stimulating a return to “organic” and now beyond organic methods. Sea minerals are part of the BioEnergetic regenerative approach needed to restore health to people, plants, and planet.
Using sea minerals in your soil or hydroponic garden produces the following results:
• Increased Yields
• Mitigates Pests & Disease
• Use Less Fertilizer
• Grow Higher Quality Plants
• Catalyzes Soil Microbe Growth
Human consciousness undergoes perpetual egolution. Our intelligence is liberating and produces moments of brilliance, and at the same time, left unchecked, can be our own worst enemy and hurt more help. One area where this is seen is in the realm of agriculture.
In 1861 a German chemist named Justis von Liebig ashed some plants and upon analysis found the major minerals to be nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. This was the birth of the concept of N-P-K, seen on the front of fertilizers everywhere.
Liebig went on to define what have become known as the “essential plant elements,” or those considered required by a plant for it not to be inhibited in its growth. This was a major step forward in agronomy and in the understanding of plant physiology, but it created and fostered a dangerous anthropocentric mindset that cripples us to this day.
Through his investigations into plant requirements von Liebig postulated what is now known as the Law of the Minimum, which states plant growth is controlled not by the total of resources available, but by the scarcest resource or limiting factor.
The following aphorism sums it up: “The availability of the most abundant nutrient in the soil is as available as the availability of the least abundant nutrient in the soil.”
So basically there needs to be balance amongst the elements in order for them to be relevant to plant growth. This logic certainly makes sense, but our inability to determine the requirements of Nature puts a limit on complete understanding. In other words, the further we look, the more there is to determine.
The culmination of Liebig’s work is the technology of hydroponics. Hydroponic fertilizers contain no more than seventeen elements and, while they are successful in allowing plants to grow to maturity, they do not provide total fertility. In other words, hydroponics can be considered better than conventional agriculture, but not the nutrient density possible or that we should expect from food and medicine crops.
Sea minerals in agriculture make perfect sense as current practices replace only six to twelve of the forty or so elements considered critical for optimum plant growth and development. Organic fertility adds more than conventional, but it still stops short of a complete and total elemental fertility spectrum.
An average of traditional opinions for complete plant nutrition is that a plant requires sixteen elements to reach maturity and not be inhibited to grow physiologically or metabolically. They consist of three non-mineral elements that plants primarily acquire from the atmosphere:
hydrogen (H), oxygen (O), carbon (C); and thirteen mineral elements primarily obtained from their roots: nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P), potassium (K), calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), sulfur (S), boron (B), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), molybdenum (Mb), chlorine (Cl)
This list does not include elements vital to the animals that eat plants, such as cobalt (Co) and silica (Si); but the main idea here is that popular science has done us a disservice by trying to limit the number of elements required for proper fertility and nutrition.
Some plants use more elements than others, for example, grass as a species fixes more elements than any other, which is why ruminants like cows or bison can live off of grass alone. But soil microbes use every single one to make enzymes. Without all elements present in soil or compost tea it is like hiring microbes to build a house and giving them only half of the tools.
Take a look at the elemental spectrum provided by Earth Tonic. Why would Mother Nature make an element not needed in the soil?
Earth Tonic is a combination of global and ancient sea minerals that are potentized using the biodynamic preparations (BD502-507) and proprietary BioEnergetic techniques for maximum cellular availability.
Earth Tonic is supersaturated for maximum value and is seven times more concentrated than seawater, with 1 mL equal to 100 ppm. Use in compost tea as a microbial enzyme catalyst, as a foliar spray, to supplement hydroponic fertilizers, or a general plant tonic in any growing application.
Using Earth Tonic provides complete and total nutrition. It turns out even von Liebig had his regrets towards the simplicity of his ideas, saying in his old age:
“Unfortunately the true beauty of agriculture with its intellectual and animating principles is almost unrecognized. The art of agriculture will be lost when ignorant, unscientific and short sighted teachers persuade the farmer to put all his hopes in universal remedies, which don’t exist in nature. Following their advice, bedazzled by an ephemeral success, the farmer will forget the soil and lose sight of his inherent values and their influence.” Source: Fauna in soil ecosystems, by Gero Benckiser (p6).
In the end, our agronomic system is still based on information put forward in the 1800’s. Move plant and human fertility forward by using Sea Energy Agriculture and watch your garden or farm thrive.