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Re: Regulation of compost teas (was: NOSB loses its head)
I believe there is a great truth here, in that whatever "food" is provided
for a microbial brew should provide [apart from sufficient and balanced
elements to satisfy the microbial equivalents of the Laws of von Liebig and
Voisin - plus healthful tonic components such as Vit C, Vit E, Vits B etc];
the NATURAL food suite they would normally be feeding off.
Maybe the compost used in any tea should include more than the odd
smattering of rotted root material.
Next task : see if any patterns exist between plant and root compositions
[obviously chlorophyll !]; and in their composted products. [I always
thought roots were fairly rich in the sugars banned by the regulations -
does this mean - because of their sugar contents, their use (eg waste beets
fed to brews) too might also face Official Banishment ?]
David Menne : http://www.plantsfood.com
"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we
created them" - Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
"Only the small secrets need to be protected. The big ones are kept secret
by public incredulity" - Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980)
> Sugars are not found in nature in an isolated form (honey may well
> come closest, but the natural context for honey is not in the soil.
> By the same token, molasses too is found in a contained context and
> in any case, is derived from boiling the sap contained within
> another organism which on decomposing naturally, yields a very
> different composition.
> In view of the above, the use of sugar and molasses in compost teas
> is both too artificial and too out of context for organic
> agriculture AND for successfully promoting the growth of the kind of
> compatible and complementary soil microorganism populations that
> Lawrence, Dale, Elaine Ingham and others refer to.
> I suspect that the symbiotic and synergic interrelationships between
> those microorganisms and the soil biosphere they jointly create is
> much more significant than sheer (and possibly disconnected) numbers
> of organisms as an indicator of soil fertility.