Chemicals: The Silent Production Killers

Now here is a question for you.

Are the chemicals we using friend or foe? 

I find this is a question that is very hard to answer. You see I grew up on a farm in North-west NSW and we did a lot of work with best practice farming. Or what I was told was best practice. We always tried to use as little chemical or drenches as possible. I ran drench effectiveness trials, always treated stock early in the season to avoid playing catch up when parasite populations exploded. Sprayed country when weeds were small to cut back on the rates of chemical that was needed at any one time. Always took into consideration withholding periods of both pasture and stock. Went to as many field days and talks as I could etc, etc. 

Now, granted, that these are all good ways to learn as much as I could about new products and new techniques. I am now real starting to wonder who is the driving force behind most of these education practices. All too often it is that a big chemical company that is footing the bill for all this information and as much as it is good, they have a huge vested interest. Science is a amazing tool that we would be lost without. 

I heard a comment on a DVD put out by Hugh Lovell and it went something like this, “with the research we are doing we are learning more and more about less and less” and if you think about it is quite true. Just a bit of a reminder that we have to look at the whole picture, not every little detail and then loose track of the whole. There are lots of connections between different organisms and minerals out there that we do not understand. This brings a light to the point that there is a lot of chemicals and additives that we use that, although they have been tested on some scale and are presumed safe, how do they react with all the other organisms in the environment? Do the Companies check on what affect an Insect Growth Regulator has on other insects, even soil microbes? Or how do the microbes once effected relate to the up take of nutrients of plants? May be even how long is the residue of the IGR active in the soil? 

Recently I attended a talk run by a local group recently on Roundup ( Glyphosphate ), where they presented some of Dr. Don Hubers studies on the effect of Glyphosphate on the environment. Where some of the information may have been confronting, it was quite a eye opener. What it did do was confirm what we had been finding through a lot of our testing processes – that Glyphospate is causing some big problems in both soil health and in health right through all forms of life. A little info is that Glyphophate has been found to lower the immune system and stop mineral absorption and it is now known that it has a 22 year half life in the soil. All this from a so called safe chemical. It was all so stated on the day that at this point the only solution to this problem is to feed the system better. Now this is a mind set that needs to be questioned. Isn't it this mind set that has got us in to trouble in the first place? 

More production with less labor. Just something to think about with the cost of production always on the increase and the margins getting smaller. How can we afford to feed everything more and more.

Something I have been saying for quite a while is that, even if you feed things more minerals does a compromised system actual make use of the additives or not. There are countless chemicals and additives and we need to be asking this question – Are these additives helping our soil and are they worth the investment? With our work we find that chemical load in the soil, plant and animals structure inhibits its overall health and consequently it’s production. No wonder we are starting to question whether chemicals are friend or foe. Big business and scientists are constantly researching for answers to these questions, or so they say. But do they really want the ‘real’ answers or are the ‘real’ answers going to put a dint in their massive profit margins. We have been doing trial work with our farmers. 

Testing what is happening in their soil and using energy remedies to release chemicals and improve soil and plant health. If your stock animals or pastures aren’t in top condition, give us a call and have a chat about how we can help you with cost effective, natural healing solutions for the sustainable future of your property.

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