Why not just add rock dust
The amount of micro-nutrient we actually need is very small – measured in micro grams which is barely a few grains. Yet there are trillions of tonnes of volcanic rocks, and it is continuously being replaced, an almost infinite supply, so why not just put some on the soil where we are growing vegetables?
Well we should do that, and it is an integral part of the Gbiota system – but it is not enough. It is insoluble and the plants simply cannot access it.
But there is a cycle which has been going on for billions of year, so we can definitely say it is field proven. The plants take carbon dioxide from the air and use sunlight to make sugars which they exude from their roots to feed the soil biology – that complex array of bacteria, fungi etc which we can just call bugs which break down the rock particles into complex soluble chemicals which they feed to the plants.
Definitely the deal of the last billion years.
It’s all about bugs
Bugs, microscopic biology, have a bad image, and there is no doubt that some bugs are exclusively bad trying to kill us in a slow and painful way so they have time to breed up and infect more people.
But bugs are absolutely everywhere on every surface we touch and in the air we breath and most are totally harmless.
Some bugs are absolutely essential for our health and even survival.
But the problem is we cannot just go down to the local scrap yard and chew on a few old car fenders to get our iron and chromium because we simply cannot absorb them.
For this we need bugs in the soil.
The Gbiota system says health starts in the soil and growers conforming to the Gbiota protocol are expecting to apply significant volcanic rock dust to their soil to provide these essential minerals.
But that, by itself would be a total waste of time as the plants simply cannot access these minerals. We need the bugs to break down these minerals to form soluble compounds so they are accessible to the plants who convert them to phytonutrients – complex chemicals which we humans can access.
We need our bugs too
Just like the soil need bugs to make mineral available, we too need bugs to make the nutrients available to us so they can enter from our guts and into our blood stream to be distributed to where they are needed.
Our bugs do much more than simply digest our food and make it available, they are an integral part our defence system against the bad bugs and they form on integral part of our intelligent control system.
If this senses we are short of certain nutrients it creates hunger cravings for us to eat more. This is the fundamental reason for our current health crisis, we have a diet high in sugars and fats and low in essential nutrients, so we end up with food cravings so we eat more of the normal food high in fats and sugars foods but low in vital nutrients which does us more harm than good. We need to change the type of food we eat so we digest the required phytonutrients and biology.
The great bug battle
There is no dispute that we need to manage the good and bad bugs – the battle is how we do this.
The conventional approach currently adopted by much of agriculture is to rely on toxic chemicals to kill off the bad bugs, then rely on man made soluble chemical fertilisers to provide the essential nutrients rather than allowing the soil bugs to break down natural minerals to make them plant available.
While this may sound feasible since we have adopted this approach we are experiencing the great health crisis of chronic diseases. There is a wealth of medical expertise saying that not only should we be eating more fruit and vegetables but these should be grown in nutrient rich biologically active soil.
We can use chemicals to kill of bad bugs but they also kill of the good bugs which are essential for our health.
So while it may be beyond dispute that we need bugs how do we make sure that we get the good bugs and not the bad bugs?
The Gbiota food principle is ecological balance as illustrated by the rotting cabbage.
The growing cabbage
A cabbage (or any plant) is under continuous attack from bad bugs which want to destroy it and use it as food. Yet while the plant is growing in the soil it remains relatively free from attack.
While the plant is growing in healthy soil full of beneficial bugs the cabbage will be full of good bugs which will be competing with the bad bugs and in the right conditions will be able to out compete the bad bugs so the cabbage will grow into a healthy plant.
This is not perfect as there will still be some bad bugs but there will be an ecological balance point which will depend on the conditions.
The aim of the Gbiota bed system is to achieve an ecological balance where the good bugs are able to out compete the bad bugs.
The Gbiota system floods the roots zone of the plant with nutrient, biologically active compost tea on a regular cycle giving optimum conditions for the good bugs to grow and out compete the bad bugs.
Unlike the chemical approach which kill of all the bugs there will always be some bad bugs surviving but the system will be in balance with the good bugs out competing the bad bugs.
Some people are very unhappy about this ecological approach and would prefer to see all bugs killed of with chemicals. Until we change this paradigm we will have to put up with the diabetes, obesity, dementia epidemic.
But for reassurance of the ecological balance approach we should look inside our own guts at the E coli bugs.
The E coli lesson
We all know that E coli is a dangerous bug which causes outbreaks of disease on a regular basis. What is less well known is that virtually everyone has E coli inside their guts all the time and it causes no problems whatever simply because the good bugs are out competing the bad E coli bugs.
Every time we breath or eat we take in harmful bugs and our good bugs just deal with it as business as usual. No one suggest that we should stop breathing or eating so we don’t get exposed to bad bugs – this is the equivalent to killing of all bugs, good and bad, with powerful chemicals.
The Gbiota approach is to create favourable conditions for the good bugs so they can out compete the bad bugs.
The rotting cabbage
As soon as the cabbage is harvested it is cut off from its favourable food supply and the bad bugs will start to overcome the good bugs.
Our health depends on the balance between good bad and bad bugs, the quicker we eat that cabbage and the less damage we do to the good bugs in cooking the healthier will be our guts, the cabbage is a source and supply of food for the good bugs which keep us healthy.