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Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture.

As it makes the rounds of book reviews, and I tour the interview and lecture circuit – casting myself as it were to
the lions of the marketplace – I have found that the book’s first
responders are drawn to its main title and less so to the subtitle.
This is as I expected. People naturally want to hear stories about
doers, real-lifeThis is an explanation of Green Tek Total:

Most biological products manufactured by Green World Path Inc. are
from a fermentation processproducing soil inoculants containing a
diverse population of live, naturally occurring, beneficial soil
microorganisms and fungus. No manure is used in any process, except
for a granular product called ChickGro.
Our products consist of microorganisms and microorganisms with
humates.  Green World Path product is used for lawns and gardens,
agriculture. These products may be applied with a good quality hose
end sprayer, pump up sprayer, through fertigation systems, injected
through all types of irrigation systems, flood irrigation, or surface
applied with broadcast spraying equipment.

The benefits of using our soil inoculants as a part of your soil
building program or fertilization (chemical or organic) program are as
follows:

The broad and diverse population of soil microorganisms will
immediately begin to build an aerobic zone in the soil.  The aerobic
zone is the top portion of the soil that supports plant life.  A
healthy soil will normally have an aerobic zone up to 24 inches deep.
Most soils today are one percent (1%) or less organic matter (humus)
and usually have very shallow aerobic zones (1 to 2 inches). The lack
of diversity of microorganisms in the soil causes this condition.
Soils that are in this condition are low in organic matter, have low
water holding capacity, compacted, and have very low oxygen content.
A shallow aerobic zone is very adverse to good root development by
turf or plants and usually negatively affects production.  When you
apply Green World Path products, Total, HayGraze you will see
conditions in your soil begin to change quickly.  Usually the first
change in the soil is a return of the earthy smell soil used to have.
You will notice a reduction in the crusting of the soil also.  The
reduction of the thick crusting and clodding will allow for a quicker
more uniform plant stand because once the seed has germinated the
shoot is able to break through the soil surface.  This helps reduce
the need for replanting in most cases and has conditioned the soil.

The characteristics of the soil will begin to change as the microbial
population in the soil improves,.  Microbes digest, degrade, and
disassociate many forms of salt and chemical residues in the soil.
This process helps change the soil’s pH and the charge of soil
particles from positive to negative and negative to positive freeing
many nutrients which were previously tied up to soil particles making
them unavailable for plant uptake. All soil nutrients must be
degraded/digested by microorganisms from either an organic or
inorganic source before these nutrients become a part of the soil
solution for plant use.

The life cycle of microbes naturally enhances the rapid building of
soil humus. Soil humus is the storehouse of plant nutrients in the
soil.  These nutrients are in readily available forms for the plant to
use, as they are needed for plant growth and health. A healthy active
microbial population will add about 3,000 pounds of humus material to
the soil per acre, per year. This humus material is almost pure
protein from the bodies of microbes that have died as a result of
their reproduction cycles. This humus material provides about 40 to 50
pounds of pure nitrogen per acre. This nitrogen is stored in the humus
fraction of the soil readily available to plants through the soil
solution.

You get this free nitrogen for each 1 % of organic matter (humus) that
the soil contains.  At this stage the soil begins to aggregate and the
tilth of the soil is greatly improved.  The soil will hold nutrients
and water much better as you improve the organic matter (humus)
content of your soil. On farms where microbial products have been made
a part of the fertilization program annually for four to five years
the organic matter (humus) has increased from less than 1 % to 3% or
more.  This increased the soils water holding capacity by four to five
times what it could hold at 1 % organic matter.

       Microbes digest agriculture chemical residues that have built up in
the soil which may aid in causing hardpan and soil compaction.
       Microbes also work in the soil to move the pH toward neutral whether
the soil is acidic or alkaline.
       Microbes improve Cation exchange capacity (CEC) for better movement
of nutrients in the Rhizosphere (root zone).
       Research has shown that soils with a diverse population of microbes
improve the biological control of soil borne pathogens.  This is
referred to as antagonistic control, which controls many plant
diseases much better than the fungicides that are used to control
plant pathogens such as fungus and other root diseases.
       As organic matter in the soil increases, fertilizer input
requirements are usually reduced.  This depends on the type of crop
that is being grown.
       The microbes also increase the seed germination rate of crops and
weeds.  This means weed seeds will germinate more evenly and a better
weed kill is achieved with the first
As more is learned about how plants really work, it is becoming
obvious that the conventional emphasis on soil chemistry and NPK
fertilizers has problems – most notably in the areas of drinking water
contamination, soil degradation, disease-prone plants, and input
costs. The gulf and oceans in the United States are serious condition
due to the effects of Red Tide; this is caused by algae bloom from
indiscriminate use of chemical fertilizers.
But after decades of focusing exclusively on chemically-oriented
growing practices, soil scientists around the world are now looking to
the biological sciences to find better, cleaner, and more sustainable
methods of growing both crops and ornamentals. Mycorrhizal fungi
inoculants are one of the first results of USDA and university
research in this very promising area.
In natural soil situations, plants enjoy mutually-beneficial
relationships with many other organisms, many of them microscopic, and
all these biological elements – plant roots, fungi, bacteria,
earthworms, and other life forms – play some role in the lives of the
others. Over millions of years, mycorrhizal fungi and plants have
formed a mutual dependence. The fungi are nourished by root exudates
and in return bring great amounts of soil nutrients and moisture to
their host plants. Mycorrhizal plants can uptake 100 times or more
nutrients than one without the beneficial fungi. Over 90% of all
plants on Earth form symbiotic relationships with mycorrhizal fungi.
These fungi increase the nutrient uptake capacity of the plant and
protect it against pathogens. They are also sensitive to many toxins
in chemical pesticides and inorganic fertilizers, making them a
valuable indicator of overall soil health.
Mycorrhizal literally means fungal root and describes a beneficial
relationship between fungal microorganisms and higher plants. If you
have ever enjoyed the shade of an oak, , admired the beauty of an
orchid, or eaten a blueberry , or mushrooms you have benefited from
the hidden world of mycorrhizal fungi, a world which makes the
survival of most of earth’s land plants possible.

Mycorrhizal are symbiotic relationships that form between fungi and
plants. The fungi colonize the root system of a host plant, providing
increased water and nutrient absorption capabilities while the plant
provides the fungus with carbohydrates formed from photosynthesis.
Mycorrhizae also offer the host plant increased protection against
certain pathogens as they penetrate and enter the cells of a plant
root (intracellular).
In order to maximize both organisms abilities to thrive most plants
allow, and indeed require, mycorrhizal fungi to colonize their roots.
In this symbiotic and intimate relationship the hyphae of the fungus
greatly increases the surface area that is open to nutrient and water
absorption, maximizing the plants access to these essential compounds
and elements. In return, the plant supplies the fungus with
carbohydrates for use as energy. Plants inoculated with mycorrhizal
fungi have robust root systems and can be grown with significantly
less chemical fertilizer and water.

Lots of Mycorrhizae
       Microbial and fungal foods
       Humate material for CEC
       Low N,P,K  — we don’t need a lot if we use the microbes !!
       All we use in the hydroponics research garden is GreenTek Total and
GreenTek Eco
Use as inoculants for seed treatment, seedlings, and mature plants.

Thank you ! Dori!