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Permaculture....anyone?

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suzukig1:

--- Quote from: hitekcountry on April 16, 2014, 08:23:33 AM ---...organic fertilizer... He said the problem he had was no one wanted to take the chance of switching to his fertilizer and loose a crop if the results were bad.  So he would give them enough for a small section of their private garden and the results were always impressive. Even then many were afraid to switch.

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There are many positive reasons why farmers would want to use organic fertilizers over chemical fertilizers but crop yield is not one of them.  Assuming both are used properly chemical fertilizers will result in a higher crop yield than organic fertilizers.  Chemical fertilizers have different optimal formulations for different crops.  This cannot be done with organic fertilizers.  My wife grows corn and tobacco and uses different chemical fertilizers for each.

Lei:
I wish I have the ability to express myself better or rather intellectually but I am limited. What I know is Organic farming is different from Permaculture...as to ethics, design and sustainability. There's a lot of info on the subject online and for starter if interested I suggest watching You tube "How Cuba survived peak oil" documentary. It's an eye opener.

In mono culture crop  like corn and tobacco, I agree that it's impossible to grow these high feeder crops commercially without using synthetic fertilizers and toxic chemicals. It's an endless cycle of of spray spray and putting more and more of the synthetic fertilizer as the soil had become depleted  and the pest had become resistant. The toxic chemicals  kills all the microorganisms that live in the soil not to mention how detrimental it is to humans by contact and by polluting the water we drink. The runoff from the field when it rained flows into our river and what it does to our marine life, it's obvious. I know...because I grew up in a community whose main crop is tobacco, corn and rice. My brother grows tobacco and considering the high cost of inputs, hard work, cutting the trees to cure it and  a bargain price when it's time to sell, it's a shame. Only the middle man, the politicians who gets the lion share of the sin tax and the tobacco companies gets richer.  Most people there now drink filtered water and gone are the frogs, the crabs, shrimps, little fishes in the river where me and my village friends used to have fun catching to bring home to mom to cook for dinner. I don't even see birds or butterflies anymore. I heard news of "blue babies syndrome" in the northern part of my province as a result of high nitrogen concentration generated from fertilizer used in agricultural farms. And then how can we be sure if those chemicals we sprayed in our crops then  feed to our children are not those banned from other countries. Yes like what Manong GW said, change is hard esp when one's way of doing things is ingrained in the culture.  I can add apathy ,ignorance to that.  But all is not lost for many of us are blessed with the heart and intellect to understand difficult or complex subjects so that we can do our share as a role model or as educator.

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