ESSENCE of AGRICULTURE
EARTH: The only known planet
to support and sustain life, home to many beautiful, fascinating and
wonderful forms of life. All of these life forms are sustained and
maintained by a thin layer of Topsoil.
That thin layer is created,
kept fertile, healthy and productive through the decay of rock for
minerals and decay of organic materials for structure and energy.
The quality of that topsoil
determines the quality of all life on earth, including the fish in
the sea. If we allow the thin top layer to degrade to any degree,
the life it supports degrades along with it. The Earth surface is
approximately 74 percent water and 6 percent ice leaving 20 percent
dry land. But, only about 8 percent is suitable for food crop production.
All life, humans, animals,
insects, plants and microbes must have FOUR things before they can
grow and reproduce.
1. OXYGEN----the air
contains 21 percent oxygen and is kept in balance by the growth
of green plants through photosynthesis.
2. WATER-----cycles between
the clouds and earth; 74 percent of the earth is covered by water.
from rock being dissolved by processes and organic acids from the
activity of life.
4. ENERGY----beamed down
daily from the sun and collected by green leaves.
All four ingredients are
of equal importance. The quality of our top-soil determines their
availability and the quality and quantity we are able to use. In modern
OXYGEN, WATER and MINERALS
are given attention. ENERGY in the soil is mostly IGNORED.
The energy we use, be it
gasoline, diesel, coal, natural gas or wood, and all the food we eat,
come from plant life. Green plants alone have the power to use the
energy from the sun to combine carbon with hydrogen to make carbohydrates,
an energy source that can combine with other elements to serve as
food and energy for all other life forms.
Plants store energy in
their roots, limbs, leaves, flowers, fruit and seeds. We now have
solar cells but, their efficiency at collecting the sun's energy cannot
come near the efficiency of plants, and solar cells can't make
food. The energy collected by plants can be stored as a liquid, solid,
gas or food to be used immediately or stored for later use.
Science tells us there
are more numbers of species and tonnage of life under ground than
above. All life in the soil below ground and all animal life above
ground must get its energy from living or decaying plant life.
Most of the agricultural
soils in the U.S. and around the world are low in energy. Many of
our food producing soils are dangerously low in energy rich organic
The agriculture books tell
us that the soil microbes must first process fertilizers, organic
or chemical, into the proper form before plants can properly use it.
This is true, but the microbes cannot do the processing without a
sufficient supply of energy.
Organic fertilizers contain
an abundant energy supply. Whereas chemical fertilizers are lacking
the energy the soil life needs for processing. This forces the soil
life to use from the soil energy reserves, eventually depleting the
soil energy to a point where chemical fertilizers can no longer be
properly processed. The unprocessed fertilizer salts cause plants
The stressed plants require
more irrigation, attract troublesome insects and are susceptible to
diseases and are less tolerant of hot or cold temperature.
Soils lacking organic matter
starve the microbes, earthworms, grubs, springtails and other beneficial
soil life that creates the proper crumb structure for aeration and
water percolation. Without good soil percolation, rainwater runs off
which causes soil erosion and flooding. Springs and creeks dry up,
aquifers and water wells dry up. During droughts the soil is hard
packed, irrigation becomes less effective resulting in poor crop production.
Soil organic matter is
being depleted faster than Nature can replace it. The two main causes
are improper and over tillage (which oxidizes the soil) and the over
use of energy deficient fertilizers. California alone is losing 10,000
acres of productive soil to desert annually. Sixty percent of the
farmland in Mexico is severely degraded. Worldwide productive soil
loss is estimated to be 24,000 acres per day, every day of the year.
Here in Texas, many farm acres are far below the necessary levels
of organic matter to produce healthy food crops. Soils tested in the
Rio Grande Valley are as low as 2/10 of 1 percent organic matter.
Originally it was between 3 and 5 percent.
Loss of organic matter
from our farm soils cause greater needs for irrigation while much
of our rainwater is being lost down rivers to the salty sea instead
of soaking in the soil. All the while, man's population is continuing
to grow demanding more food and water. We appear to be on a collision
course with our destiny.
Organic matter has the
energy to make agricultural soils productive. Science tells us that
we cannot create or destroy energy, but energy can change. Energy
may be found in many forms such as light, heat, sound etc. Every action
in Nature involves a source of energy. There can be no life without
ENERGY: the Essence of
Life is ENERGY ~ Life is
Disciplined ENERGY ~ Life is ENERGY with design ~ Life is ENERGY operating
within the laws of Nature ~ Life is ENERGY made manifest through the
elements of the Earth that are woven together in masterful art ~ life
is ENERGY with a strong desire to reproduce ~ LIFE is ENERGY programmed
with the intelligence needed to survive and perform its duty in Nature
LIFE'S duty in Nature
is to glorify its DESIGN ~ LIFE'S ultimate duty is to glorify
The MASTER designer.
Man is the only life form
on Earth with a FREE WILL. Only humans are free to glorify the designer
of energy and create beautiful artifacts, buildings, music and poetry.
Man is also free to waste energy and use it to pollute and destroy.
All animal life, man included,
must be sustained by food and energy form plants. Depleted soil, low
in mineral and organic energy cannot support a healthy, mineral and
energy rich plant.
Could depleted soils cause
man to lose his ability to reason and think logically? Why can't
the people in charge realize our farmland is depleted? Why does man
use energy to war on and kill his own kind? Even animals, considered
stupid by man, don't war on their own.
A thin layer of topsoil
supports all life on earth. The quality of the topsoil determines
the quality of the air, the water and food for living organisms. As
the quality of the topsoil goes down the life it supports can only
go down with it.
Are the minds and brains
of the world leaders and teachers being properly nourished? Why do
the populations/voters allow lame brains to teach and lead?