Kevin: What are some of the conventional solutions that are being used on the crops in the field, and maybe take us through some of that agriculture change and then we’ll move into what OceanGrown’s OceanSolution can do.
John: Yeah, basically, just to throw down the gauntlet, there are congressional testimonies going back to the 1920’s and 30’s. I think the gentleman’s name was Thomas Beech. It’s on the internet. People can find it. But basically, he’s testifying before Congress that our soils have been ruined and that there are no more minerals in them to grow good food. Let’s just quickly run through agricultural practices. In the old days, they would rotate crops – well, let’s start in the very old days. In the very old days, we were nomadic and when a piece of ground was mined out, they would move on and so, constantly they would be moving and growing things in re-mineralized ground or an area that was able to re-mineralize either by annual flooding or natural soil bacteria and flora and fauna and whatnot, it was able to replenish itself. That’s how we got good soils in the first place.
Then we went on through the agricultural revolution and we started more intensive agriculture and we would rotate crops to try to mitigate the negatives of the new practices- we’d try to rotate through a crops like soybeans that will fix nitrogen and there would more friendly soil practices and we would let things go fallow one year. That’s how we used to do farming.
Then, at the end of the second World War when chemical agriculture really took hold in a very serious way, we went down from sort of having most minerals in the soil but in a haphazard way, to basically putting three elements back: nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus and they – not coincidentally – it’s also what they happen to have a lot of at the Second World War because it’s also what they made munitions with. They’re particularly incendiary components and quite dangerous. But anyway, they went to three elements, but let me stop it right here for a moment just to tell you one of Dr. Murray’s best stories. He has a bunch of them.
He used to do lectures and at the beginning of one particular lecture at a conference in 1976, he asked the farmers who were in front of him at an agricultural conference called Acres USA and they’re still in business today, still a great organization and a champion for good agriculture, but anyway, he asked farmers what their core business was and generally, what they said was “I’m a corn farmer,” or “I’m a cattle farmer and I raise corn or cattle and I ship it to market.” You’d get answers for about 10 minutes and he’d say, “Well, no, your core business is strip mining and that’s what you do because what you do is instead of dynamite, you use seeds to loosen the minerals from their holding matrix and then every year you harvest the cow or the corn and you ship them off your land with the minerals that they’ve collected from your land and you put back three things: nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus. Now, it used to be 90 things when that was virgin soil, now you’re putting back three and every year some collection of 90 go off your property. So what you end up with is a completely depleted soil and food that has no particular food value anymore and if you wanted to put it back, how would you put it back, because you cannot make a matrix of a collection of all 90 elements. How would you put them back? How would you make them?”