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But first, a quick lesson

1. SOIL AND COMPOST IS MADE OF 5 COMPONENTS

Comparing the 5 components of soil and compost to the 5 fingers of the hand, the 5th (little) finger is the MINERALS and TRACE ELEMENTS. When you harvest a crop, a tiny but critical part of that crop is actual MINERALS and TRACE ELEMENTS. It can be said gardening “mines” the MINERALS and TRACE ELEMENTS out of soil and compost.

2. Water

1. Air

3. Decayed organic material

4. Living Organisms

5. Minerals and Trace elements

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3. DEPLETED SOILS = LESS MINERALS IN PLANTS = LESS HEALTHY PLANTS = MAY ACCOUNT FOR LESS HEALTHY PEOPLE

As shown by the leading McCance and Widdowson’s research paper, our food lost a significant percentage of it’s MINERALS and TRACE ELEMENTS between 1940 and 1991. It is reasonable to assume that this process continues to the present day.

2. DEPLETED SOILS

Most plant food puts back only the basic NPK – Nitrogen, Phosphate and Potassium and very little else. Over the millennia, and especially in recent times with intensive gardening and agriculture, our soils have become depleted of their naturally occurring MINERALS and TRACE ELEMENTS.

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4. DEPENDENCY ON CHEMICALS

With less MINERALS and TRACE ELEMENTS, plants (like us) are more susceptible to pests and diseases, therefore growers depend on more pesticides. The organic movement is based on growing food without chemicals and preserving goodness. Adding REMIN volcanic rock dust goes a step further and supplies “fresh” minerals to the soil and compost.

5. VOLCANIC SOIL

Soils close to recent volcanic activity are really fertile eg Islands of Sicily and Lanzarote. This is recognised as being due to extra MINERALS and TRACE ELEMENTS from local volcanic ash. River Nile valley is also very fertile due to MINERALS and TRACE ELEMENTS it picks up at it’s source whilst crossing the volcanic basalt of the Ethiopian plateau.

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6. Freshly crushed, finely ground REMIN volcanic rock dust from Scotland contains, in natural form:

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7. NATURE’S BUILDING BLOCKS

To help understand the 5th finger ie MINERALS and TRACE ELEMENTS of soil and compost my recommended reading is NATURE’S BUILDING BLOCKS by John Emsley

8. LIVING ORGANISMS - bacteria to worms to fungi...

In 350BC when Aristotle said “Worms are the intestines of the soil” he knew his stuff. REMIN volcanic rock dust’s interaction with the 4th finger, ie LIVING ORGANISMS, is what makes it work. These “engines of the soil” are boosted AND they help make the MINERALS and TRACE ELEMENTS in REMIN volcanic rock dust “bio-available” to plants.

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9. TEAMING WITH MICROBES

To help understand the 4th finger, ie LIVING ORGANISMS, I recommend the book TEAMING WITH MICROBES by Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis. As it explains, microfauna’s role in soil has been overlooked for far too long. Put the LIVING ORGANISMS together with REMIN volcanic rock dust – and observe what happens – over time!

10. A VARIATION ON THE CARBON CYCLE

Another piece of the soil’s jigsaw that has been overlooked is the soils ability to hold carbon. We put a “balaclava” of carbon around the globe that is heating us up. But where did this carbon come from? It came from the plants that made coal and oil that we burn that puts the carbon up there. Look after our soil and we fix the carbon back into the soil from where it came. Simples!

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11. TEN YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

Soil scientists agree we are not half way towards understanding our soils. My ten years of experience with volcanic rock dust now spans the UK and extends into Slovenia, Sweden, Majorca and Austria - in a vast range of uses. So whilst we support the VITAMINS and MINERALS industry – may I recommend a soil upwards approach to health?

12. REMINERALIZE THE EARTH

Hey, I didn’t dream this up. Here’s the world movement dedicated to this “new thinking” www.remineralize.org . I must not overstate the case for organically approved REMIN volcanic rock dust – but I think something important is happening. Why not give it a go and let me know how you get on? Remember, it’s not instant. It has to work at nature’s pace.

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POST SCRIPT...

The week we go live, BBC2 broadcasts “Wonders of the Monsoon” to show the island of Java is incredibly fertile with a live volcano and a double monsoon season. It has one of the highest population densities on Earth - whilst nearby Borneo has no volcano and the monsoons have washed the minerals out of the soil. A better with and without example we cannot hope to find!

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