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In 2014, Mr. Forte launched Red Diamond Compost, a biotechnology company that focuses on the research, development and commercialization of organic and biological soil treatment and crop protection solutions, consisting primarily of organic environmental hazards, such as Sargassum algae.

Joshua Forte, Founder and CEO of Red Diamond, a Barbadian company making organic compost from Sargassum seaweed., by Red Diamond

Mr. Forte is recognized as a national and regional expert in the field of climate-smart environmental management.

“I started getting interested in organic compost in 2009, at a time when I felt seriously ill and was in bed 10 hours a day. I came across a guy online, who was talking about how nutrients and the right foods can improve your health.

I tried changing my diet and within a week I had a huge burst of energy that I had never felt before.

I started digging deeper and researching food and nutrition and how it affects the body. I saw a contrast between how much of our food is produced in Barbados, with an emphasis on synthetic fertilizers and toxic chemicals. I have also noticed that there is an increase in the number of young people with type 2 diabetes or obesity.

In Barbados, toxic chemicals used in agriculture kill beneficial organisms, life in the soil. A scientist from the university here even published a report, which says that the microbial life is completely decimated.

Flowers grown using Red Diamond organic compost, made with saragassum seaweed in Barbados.

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Flowers grown using Red Diamond organic compost, made with saragassum seaweed in Barbados.

“The problem was much bigger than me”

I realized that the problem was much bigger than me and that we really had to do something to improve the way we produce food. I needed to consider building a business in this area, and that’s where the idea for Red Diamond compost was born.

I had my eye on producing seaweed fertilizer further down the road. But I had some difficulties with the scaling. At that time we had a huge influx of Sargassum, and I saw the raw material coming to shore, readily available. So I decided to switch gears and just focus on developing an algae-based product.

Tomatoes grown using Red Diamond organic compost, made with saragassum seaweed in Barbados.

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Tomatoes grown using Red Diamond organic compost, made with saragassum seaweed in Barbados.

Bizarre results

Early on, when we did a few trials with peanuts, we saw bizarre results in terms of growth: the small test plot we used received about four times the amount of peanuts you would normally get.

Then we started getting reports from farmers who were taking our compost and using it and some of them were seeing these kind of drastic results with other crops. We have also found that compost enhances the flavor of food. Since we started in 2017, we have been operating in this R&D phase, and we are working to get the equipment we need to grow.

For most people in Barbados, Sargassum is a hassle, but for me, it really is a goldmine. I often go out harvesting on the beaches, early in the morning, and I think, wow, this is all free, for me.

Compost formulation is now at an ideal stage, and some of our early adopters have been knocking on our doors trying to get it. They are really excited.

Interpretation of Food Certification Labels | American Council on Science and Health https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/interpretation-of-food-certification-labels-american-council-on-science-and-health/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/interpretation-of-food-certification-labels-american-council-on-science-and-health/

Food certification labels do not indicate better nutrition or quality. These labels cannot guarantee better nutrition or human health; these are marketing arrangements using a set of standards relating to one or more of the following

  • social problems
  • environmental impacts
  • dietary restrictions
  • animal wellbeing
  • Fair trade

Some promote “sustainability,” a concept that we still struggle to measure and define. And there are older labels, such as kosher and halal, based on religious practices and laws.

Are these foods safer?

These labels are not food safety indicators. Food companies can choose from many food safety certifications promoted by international non-governmental organizations such as ISO22000, FSSD 22000, and BRCGS. In the United States, our Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforces the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to regulate the food safety of food manufacturers above a specific size. Meat, poultry and some dairy products are controlled by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). These certifications and safety programs provide safe and wholesome food to the consumer. Although expensive and stringent, these certifications are not placed on a food packaging label because they are meaningless to a buyer and safety is “a given” in the United States. If you buy food from a grocery store in the United States, it has passed regulated safety standards.

Kosher and Halal

Some labels provide a quick reference for denominational dietary restrictions. The term “kosher”, translated from a Hebrew term, means “fit” for consumption. To be labeled kosher, foods or ingredients must meet the requirements of dietary laws written in religious texts or oral traditions of the Jewish faith. There are injunctions against eating certain foods, including pork, and meat and dairy products should not be eaten together. Foods labeled “pareve” are neutral foods and can be eaten with meat or dairy products. Animals intended for kosher meat have special slaughter methods. [1]

Common kosher labels feature either a “K” or a “U”, but there are at least ten other symbols depending on the certification agency. When These letters are next to the kosher symbol, a “D” indicates dairy, an “M” indicates meat, an “F” indicates fish, and a “P” indicates Passover, not to be confused with pareve. These symbols help kosher followers follow their dietary rules.

The Arabic word, halal, means “allowed”. Products permitted for consumption by Muslims under Islamic law are certified by halal agencies or authorities. Like kosher dietary laws, halal dietary restrictions include the consumption of pork and animals not slaughtered using halal methods. Other restrictions include the consumption of carnivorous animals, birds of prey, alcohol and intoxicants. Halal labels contain the word halal or may have the letter “M” next to a crescent moon symbol.

Kosher and Halal both have certification bodies such as the Orthodox Union (OU) or the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFNCA). Their certification may or may not align with quality certification such as ISO9000. IFANCA put it this way, “ISO alone does not make a halal product, [but] a halal product can be produced without ISO. That said, kosher and halal are just as safe as conventional foods that meet USDA and FSMA standards. They provide valuable labels to believers and non-believers alike.

Organic labels

The USDA National Biological Program (NOPE) began organic certification in the 1990s as marketing program for American farmers. The USDA defines ‘ORGANIC’ as,

“…food grown and processed in accordance with federal guidelines regarding, among many factors, soil quality, animal husbandry practices, pest and weed control, and the use of additives.” Organic producers rely as much as possible on natural substances and physical, mechanical or biological farming methods.

The USDA NOP has strict rules and a list of prohibited substances.

For example, to certify products as organic, a farmer must document and prove that the plants were grown on soil free of banned substances, such as pesticides or conventional fertilizers, applied for at least three years prior to harvest. The three-year rule is a tough hurdle for budding new growers because they can’t sell their produce at a premium during that time. They also experience lower crop yields during this transition period.

Verification of the NOP is supported by annual inspections, investigation of complaints, and enforcement of non-compliance. It is a highly respected label but difficult to obtain due to the time, expense and record keeping required for certification. It can also create unintended consequences for animals due to changes in husbandry practices.

To raise and sell certified organic meat or poultry, NOP regulations require animals to be raised in living conditions appropriate to their natural behaviors, such as grazing for livestock. Heat and insects in the south, and conversely snow and biting cold in the north can limit the availability of pasture. Barns, sheds and other confinements can provide protection from biting insects, temperature regulation, air circulation and security from predators. Due to such environmental impacts, cattle and poultry raised on pasture have lower growth rates and feed efficiency than those raised in confinement. In addition, the animals must be fed with 100% organic feed and fodder. As mentioned in a recent ACSH article, most animal foods such as corn, soybeans, and forages such as alfalfa are GMOs and therefore not organic by USDA standards. It is difficult for farmers to find feed and forage that meets these demands, increasing both the farmer’s and buyer’s costs.

Chemically, cattle cannot be administered antibiotics or hormones. This eliminates the preventative or prophylactic use of antibiotics, which is good because it helps prevent antibiotic resistance in food animals. Meat, eggs or milk from animals that become ill and require antibiotic treatment can no longer be sold as organic. Hormone removal is not a problem for poultry since chickens and turkeys grow rapidly and are not used commercially.

The label, Certified Naturally Grown (CNG), is a popular non-governmental alternative to the USDA organic label, with much lower requirements than the USDA-administered program. He has been described as repel at NOP. CNG and NOP provide consumers with the desired ethical, environmental and social standards for organic food.

CNG basic requirements are membership dues, a signed statement, on-site inspection, record keeping and peer review of other farmers in the program.

CNG costs less to administer and certify than NOP and is suitable for small local farmers who sell directly to their communities. CNG claims its regulations meet or exceed USDA’s NOP without the massive paperwork. There is no 3 year waiting period with CNG. Inspections are done annually by fellow farmers in the CNG network, which they believe promotes sharing and community. GNC farmers believe the NOP is best suited to larger operations that can afford the expense and staff to follow the required “paper trail”.

GMO-free labels

The most notable non-GMO label is Non-GMO Project Verified, a non-profit organization that identifies non-GMO choices in food, pet food, and dietary supplements by verifying non-GMO status through testing. third-party analytics. Laboratories use molecular tests to look for GMO DNA in a food or ingredient; the highest level of GMOs “contamination” allowed in food is 0.9%. Commonly grown GMO crops include corn, papaya, soybeans, sugar beets, yellow summer squash, zucchini, and potatoes. To receive a NOP Organic label, GMO testing is also required, making the non-GMO project label redundant in foods labeled USDA Organic.

WOW! There are so many food certification labels out there. Next, we’ll look at environmental, sustainability, animal welfare, and fair trade labels. And we will learn more about the “natural” and “clean” labels.

[1] Eggs, fish, fruits, cereals, unprocessed juices, pasta, soft drinks, coffee, tea, some sweets and snacks are taken into account pareve. Fish can be eaten with dairy products, but not with meat. Foods eaten during the 8-day Passover holiday have additional processing rules.

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Leaf mold compost has benefits for tomato plants in degraded urban soils https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/leaf-mold-compost-has-benefits-for-tomato-plants-in-degraded-urban-soils/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 16:53:56 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/leaf-mold-compost-has-benefits-for-tomato-plants-in-degraded-urban-soils/

The tomato plant on the left was grown in soil that had no leaf mold compost added. The plant on the right is an example of the same tomato variety grown in soil containing leaf mold compost. Comparatively, the plant on the right showed more rigorous growth with the use of leaf mold compost. The photo was taken at the ninth week of the study. Credits: Kyle Richardville

Many urban gardeners know that adding ingredients like compost and mulch to their soil has great benefits. But it can be difficult to know what to add and why. Researchers at Purdue University have collected scientific evidence on a specific soil addition, leaf mold compost, and its benefits for tomato plants.

The degraded soils often found in places like cities and towns can cause vegetables to grow poorly and not produce as much food. In addition, these communities produce many types of waste that can be composted. In this study, the researchers used “leaf mold” compost from the leaves of deciduous trees, a common waste stream found in urban areas.

“Leaf mold compost differs from traditional compost in that it’s not agitated as much,” says Lori Hoagland, professor of soil microbial ecology at Purdue University. “It slows down the time it takes to create compost, but growers claim it generates higher quality or more ‘disease suppressant’ compost. In particular, leaf mold compost should promote greater colonization by beneficial fungi, which we assessed. in this trial.”

The study was published in Journal of Urban Agriculture and Regional Food Systems.

Researchers tested whether leaf mold could help tomato plants produce more tomatoes. They also assessed whether fungal inoculations, often sold to increase tomato yields, were stimulated by leaf mold.

Leaf mold compost has benefits for tomato plants in degraded urban soils

This mix is ​​a three-year potting compost that is about to be applied to the soil. Leaf mold compost has been found to yield higher quality or more “disease suppressant” compost. Credits: Kyle Richardville

Their results showed that the leaf mold compost they applied improved many important soil properties that affect plant health and productivity. Plants that received leaf mold compost produced significantly more tomatoes and had fewer diseases. They also found that the compost increased the survival of the beneficial microbial inoculant that can help plants resist disease pressure. Although they grew tomatoes in this study, the researchers say they suspect many other crops could benefit from leaf mold compost.

“Our recommendation is that compost generated from urban waste streams can improve urban soils and increase plant productivity,” says Hoagland. “However, it is important to remember that although compost improves the soil and can provide additional nutrients to crops, it should not be substituted as fertilizer. Indeed, excessive application of compost in addition to fertilizers can lead to problems such as building. -too much phosphorus.”

Hoagland adds that it’s important for gardeners to have their soil tested as well. Most standard tests that measure total organic matter and major nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus are inexpensive, often $10-20 per sample. More detailed tests can be more expensive but also useful. If a gardener is concerned about their soil, they can also have it tested for heavy metals, such as lead, to know that their garden soil is safe.

So how can you make and use leaf mold in your own urban garden? According to growers, gardeners can simply pile the leaves and stir them occasionally, or even once a year. Nature does the rest of the work by slowly breaking down the leaves. In midsummer, consider putting a tarp over the leaf pile to create enough heat to kill weed seeds. Avoid putting diseased plant material in the pile. Compost can be used once the leaves have decomposed.

Leaf mold compost has benefits for tomato plants in degraded urban soils

Leaf mold compost was spread on the treatment blocks before all the plots were cultivated. All the plots, those with and those without compost, were then planted with tomatoes. A recent study showed that the leaf mold compost they applied improved many important soil properties that affect plant health and productivity. Credit: Lori Hoagland

According to Hoagland, many cities don’t have urban composting programs, so valuable waste like leaves ends up in landfills rather than in the ground. People can ask their city to start a program or find a way to compost themselves. Home gardeners can also compost their own leaves, as well as food scraps like coffee grounds to produce valuable soil amendments.

“What makes the study unique is that we were using local waste streams in a city to help ‘close the loop,'” says Hoagland. “Using urban waste streams in this way can not only help promote urban agriculture, but will reduce municipal costs and protect the environment by keeping this ‘waste’ out of landfills.”

A few smart ways to jump-start your recycling program

More information:
Kyle Richardville et al, leaf mold compost reduces waste, improves soil and microbial properties, and increases tomato productivity, Urban agriculture and regional food systems (2022). DOI: 10.1002/uar2.20022

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• Fruits and vegetables
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• Rhizobia
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Biofertilizers Market | Global Industry Research, Insights, Trends, Development, Study, Insight & Insights to 2029 – Designer Women https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/biofertilizers-market-global-industry-research-insights-trends-development-study-insight-insights-to-2029-designer-women/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 01:24:43 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/biofertilizers-market-global-industry-research-insights-trends-development-study-insight-insights-to-2029-designer-women/

Data Bridge Market Research analyzes that the biofertilizer market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.74% during the forecast period from 2022 to 2029. The increasing growth of the biofertilizer industry will act as a driver for the biofertilizer market. biofertilizers during the forecast period from 2022 to 2029.

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Key players operating in the biofertilizers market report Novozymes, GSFC Ltd, Bienvenido., Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited, T.STANES and COMPANY LIMITED, National Fertilizers Limited, MADRAS FERTILIZERS LIMITED, International Panaacea Limited, LALLEMAND Inc., Kan biosys, Kiwa Bio-Tech, Symborg., Som Phytopharma India Ltd., Mapleton Agri Biotec Pty Ltd., ASB Grünland Helmut Aurenz GmbH, Ficosterra, SL., Agrinos, Australian Bio Fert Pty Ltd., BioAg Pty Ltd, among others. Market share data is available separately for Global, North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific (APAC), Middle East and Africa (MEA) and South America . DBMR analysts understand competitive strengths and provide competitive analysis for each competitor separately.

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  • On the basis of microorganisms, the biofertilizers market is segmented into rhizobium, azotobacter, azospirillum, blue-green algae and phosphate-solubilizing bacteria, mycorrhizae and other microorganisms.
  • On the basis of technology type, the biofertilizers market is segmented into carrier-enriched biofertilizers, liquid biofertilizers, and other technology types.
  • Based on application, the biofertilizer market is segmented into soil treatment, seed treatment and others.
  • The biofertilizers market is also segmented on the basis of type. Type is segmented into Nitrogen Fixing Biofertilizers, Solubilizing & Phosphate Mobilizing Biofertilizers, Solubilizing & Potash Mobilizing Biofertilizers, and others.
  • On the basis of crop type, the biofertilizer market is segmented into cereals & grains, oilseeds & pulses, fruits & vegetables, and other crops.

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Biofertilizers Market: Regional Analysis Includes:

  • Asia Pacific (Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Japan, Philippines, Korea, Thailand, India, Indonesia and Australia)
  • Europe (Turkey, Germany, Russia UK, Italy, France, etc.)
  • North America (United States, Mexico and Canada.)
  • South America (Brazil, etc)
  • The Middle East and Africa (GCC countries and Egypt.)

Table of Contents: Global Biofertilizers market

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2 Market Segmentation
3 Executive summary
4 Premium Preview
5 Market Overview
6 Impact of Covid-19 on biofertilizers in the healthcare industry
7 Global Biofertilizers Market, By Product Type
8 Global Biofertilizers Market, By Modality
9 Global Biofertilizers Market, by Type
10 Global Biofertilizers Market, By Mode
11 Global Biofertilizers Market, By End User
12 Global Biofertilizers Market, By Geography
13 Global Biofertilizers Market, Company Landscape
14 Swot Analysis
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16 Quiz
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Maha agri department asks farmers in Nagpur division to start sowing Kharif after 75mm of rain https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/maha-agri-department-asks-farmers-in-nagpur-division-to-start-sowing-kharif-after-75mm-of-rain/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 11:24:56 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/maha-agri-department-asks-farmers-in-nagpur-division-to-start-sowing-kharif-after-75mm-of-rain/

Ahead of the Kharif season, Maharashtra Department of Agriculture has advised farmers in Nagpur division to start sowing seeds only after the region receives 75mm to 100mm of rain which will create sufficient moisture in the ground, an official said Tuesday. Nagpur division comprises Wardha, Gadchiroli, Bhandara, Gondia, Chandrapur and Nagpur districts. The agriculture department has started preparations for the Kharif season with seeds of major crops and fertilizers made available to farmers in the market, the agriculture official said. Co-Director (Agriculture) of Nagpur Division Ravindra Bhosle said seed sowing for the Kharif should only be undertaken after the region receives 75mm to 100mm rainfall and the sowing depth should be 3-4 cm. Bhosle further said farmers should opt for seed treatment before sowing and use appropriate fungicides, insecticides and bio-fertilizers.

In Nagpur division, Wardha has 4,34,475 hectares of planned land where cotton, soybean, tur and other crops will be sown for the next Kharif season, Nagpur has 4,75,005 hectares of planned land, Bhandara 1 99,459 hectares, Gondia 1,99,941 hectares, Chandrapur 4,87,819 and Gadchiroli 2,14,916 hectares. He said concerns have been raised about the shortage of imported phosphate fertilizers due to the war between Ukraine and Russia, but there is no shortage and the demand will soon be met. He said that under the state’s Cotton and Soyabean Scheme, groups of farmers will be formed and they will receive training, godowns for storage, small gins and drones for spraying pesticides. The Department of Agriculture has formed 70 flying teams to check the sale of unauthorized and fake seeds and fertilizers.

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Corn crops benefit from carbon nanoparticles https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/corn-crops-benefit-from-carbon-nanoparticles/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 13:46:00 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/corn-crops-benefit-from-carbon-nanoparticles/

Carbon nanoparticles (CNPs) have gained increased interest in agricultural production in the 21st century due to their excellent bioactivity, high conductivity, environmentally friendly manufacturing processes, and large-scale production. A recent publication in the Cleaner Production Journal focuses on the application of CNP as a foliar spray and soil drench to stimulate corn production and nutrient uptake.

​​​​​​​Study: Carbon nanoparticles improve maize (Zea mays L.) growth and soil quality: comparison of foliar spray and soil drench application. Image Credit: TEEREXZ/Shutterstock.com

Carbon nanoparticles (NPCs): the future of agricultural production

Inorganic fertilizers and agrochemicals, along with high-yielding crop varieties, dramatically improve global agricultural production. However, to meet the growing needs of a rapidly growing population, the global food supply must be increased by more than 70%.

Climate change is expected to significantly reduce maize yields by the end of the century. Therefore, the development of unique and environmentally friendly agricultural technologies is essential to increase crop yield and improve crop productivity.

Carbon nanomaterials (CNMs) offer new answers to various agricultural challenges, including increasing seed germination and plant development, improving stress resistance, controlling nutrient supply, detection of plant diseases and reduction of pesticide inputs. Carbon nanoparticles (CNPs) are among the most diverse CNMs, with promising effects on agricultural yield.

Limitations of previous studies on carbon nanoparticles (CNPs)

Despite increased interest in the use of CNPs in agriculture, studies on plant development and production are varied and often contradictory. Additionally, a lack of research into appropriate application techniques and how they affect plant development limits the improvement of CNP applications.

Past research on CNPs has mainly focused on comparing agronomic effectiveness with other CNMs, evaluating dose-dependent impacts of CNPs, and evaluating various plant species and genetic traits.

However, the relative benefits of CNPs on plant development and soil conditions under the same test conditions have rarely been examined, which limits the widespread use of CNPs in the agricultural sector.

Application of carbon nanoparticles for corn growth

The present study aimed to investigate the impact of CNPs administered by separate modes of administration (foliar spray and soil drench) on plant development and soil quality. Maize was selected for this research because it is a staple crop worldwide.

The researchers aimed to analyze the effectiveness of foliar spray and soil drench methods on plant development parameters and nutrient uptake, as well as responses of soil physical and chemical characteristics.

During the experiment, five identical maize plants were sown in each pot, and the sprouts were cut to two plants per week after germination. CNPs were delivered by foliar spray and soil drench at three separate treatment rates to find the best application technique.

Important Study Findings

In this research, the function of CNPs to encourage plant development was investigated by the foliar spray and soil drench method, and it was found that the benefits of CNPs vary with dosage and delivery technique. .

Foliar spraying and soil drench of CNPs significantly boosted plant development and nutrient uptake compared to the control (fertilizer only), indicating that CNPs may be a better alternative to fertilizers.

Selecting appropriate CNP application techniques is critical to increasing plant development while minimizing unnecessary expense and maximizing positive benefits.

CNP foliar spray 400 mg L-1 and soil soak at 200 mg kg-1 have been effective in improving agricultural production and soil integrity. The results indicated that CNPs impacted plant development parameters independent of application mode; however, the soil quality characteristics were mainly affected by the soil soaking method.

Perspectives and avenues for future research

The results of this study should contribute to the relative knowledge of NPCs to encourage plant development and soil integrity, as well as to clarify the best method of application for agricultural use.

It has been found, however, that various parameters such as plant characteristics, CNP properties, soil quality and experimental circumstances also influence the effectiveness of CNP in addition to CNP administration rates and methods.

Accordingly, future studies should explore further examination of CNPs in increasing plant development and nutrient uptake under varied soil conditions. Moreover, the mechanistic investigation of surface properties and the integration of CNPs with crops and soils are crucial for their future development and uses in the agricultural sector.


Xin, X. et al. (2022). Carbon nanoparticles improve maize (Zea mays L.) growth and soil quality: comparison of foliar spray and soil drench application. Cleaner Production Journal. Available at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959652622022296?via%3Dihub

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How to prevent water contamination and ensure its safe consumption? https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/how-to-prevent-water-contamination-and-ensure-its-safe-consumption/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 20:42:19 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/how-to-prevent-water-contamination-and-ensure-its-safe-consumption/

Water is an essential resource that everyone needs to survive. It makes up two-thirds of the human body, and without it we would surely die within days. However, just because water is important doesn’t mean you should drink all the water available.

Most sources are not suitable for human consumption; they are contaminated with harmful chemicals and microorganisms that can make us sick if we ingest them unknowingly. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent contamination of drinking water sources by ensuring that everything from your kitchen faucet to a ditch outside your home stays clean and safe from contamination. pollution.

If you are reading this article, there is probably some sort of incident where contaminated drinking water has leaked into your home or community. Either way, don’t worry! We have answers for situations involving potentially dangerous contaminants such as leaking lead pipes in residential areas where young children play outside on playgrounds near those same pipes every day after the school.

Get water filters for your kitchen and bathroom

A water filter is the best way to ensure that your tap water is safe to drink. There are different types of filters available and they can be installed in your kitchen and bathroom.

You can install a filter on the main water line, on the faucet, or under your sink. Filters are also great for getting rid of bad odors in faucets and showers.

If you are looking to protect yourself from contaminants in other parts of your home, consider installing a reverse osmosis system under your kitchen sink or near any faucet where you might use hot water while cooking. This system will remove the most harmful chemicals from household supplies, such as cooking oil or detergents, before they enter your body through ingestion or inhalation (particle inhalation).

Install a water filtration system to deal with rainwater runoff

Rainwater runoff is one of the main sources of water contamination in your home. Stormwater runoff is any water that runs over the earth and traps contaminants before it reaches your faucet. This water can contain pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals sprayed on the ground. It may also contain dirt, dust or other pollutants from vehicles traveling on roads or agricultural areas near rain collection pipes. Runoff water can also contain bacteria, viruses or parasites washed into the soil by precipitation.

Use proper water disposal methods

If you want to make sure the water you use is safe to drink, you need to do a few things. The first step is to dispose of it properly. You don’t want your wastewater to pollute the environment, contaminate the water supply, or harm the people who work in these areas.

You should also determine which disposal method would work best for your situation, and then choose it accordingly. You can get rid of this water using filters, chemical treatments, and more advanced processes like reverse osmosis systems or ultraviolet treatment plants.

Strict laws oblige people and authorities to ensure water safety

If you want to make sure your water is safe to drink, it’s important to know how strict laws are enforced. All countries have strict laws that guarantee the safety of drinking water. The law explains how the water must be treated, what chemicals must be added and when they must be added. It also tells us how much of these chemicals can be used in the water treatment process.

If you don’t follow these rules, there will be consequences: fines or even jail time can await cheaters who try to pass contaminated or impure water for human consumption!

It is important to know that once a law has been approved by parliament (or a similar body), it cannot be changed unless there is an epidemic or other major event that would justify changing it. modify these standards again later. But that doesn’t happen very often because people tend not to want anything bad to happen. Thus, there is usually enough pressure on governments from the citizens themselves to demand better quality standards when it comes down.

Check the lawsuits, if any, in your area that compensate residents with health problems from air, sound or water pollution. A popular example is the Lawsuit against water contamination at Camp Lejeune which helps people get claims if they get sick after consuming water from the Camp Lejeune area. Lawsuits like these require authorities to take appropriate action and ensure the water is safe and usable in your area.

Avoid improper disposal of pollutants

You cannot flush pollutants down the drain. So it’s not just about preventing your neighbors from having to deal with unpleasant odors and issues like clogged drains; it is also a matter of public health and safety.

You shouldn’t throw pollutants in the trash either – the same goes for garden waste. Also, if you have animals in your household, never dispose of animal feces on the ground or in streams or lakes; instead, dispose of it in a licensed facility that accepts pet waste (or compost it).

The best way to keep water clean is simply to not pollute it in the first place!

Upgrade your septic tank system

Septic tanks are an important part of a wastewater treatment system. Septic tanks are used to store domestic sewage, so they must be cleaned periodically. Upgrading your septic tank system will help ensure the water is safe to drink and can also prevent contamination.

To upgrade your septic tank system:

  • Replace or add a filter cartridge
  • Clean your septic tank lid and gasket regularly

Keep your property maintained in good condition

  • Keep the well plug in good condition.
  • Keep the well plug tight.
  • Keep the well cap clean.
  • Keep the well cover painted.

Remove debris and algae around your well casing to prevent contamination of your water supply by wild animals or birds that may have roosted nearby. They can leave droppings on top or even inside a water tank, where they can fall into a home’s tap water supply when someone turns on their tap for later use.

Ensuring water is safe to drink isn’t easy, but it is possible

The importance of water cannot be overstated. It’s one of life’s essential resources, but many people don’t realize how important it is. Water can be found all around us, in lakes, rivers, ponds and even underground. But despite its availability in nature, you can’t just drink any water you find; it must be purified before consumption so as not to get sick or worse.

To ensure safe drinking water and the health benefits of drinking clean water, we need to understand how this resource is affected by human activities and natural phenomena such as floods or droughts etc., why they occur. occur at certain times and what are their impacts on human life?


Clean water is the most important resource on earth; without it, we could not survive. So if you are going to drink tap water, keep that in mind and make sure you have filtered your water before consuming it. Clean water will keep you healthy, but it will also save money on medical bills and prevent diseases like cancer from spreading in our communities.

It’s up to each of us to help protect this precious resource for future generations by working together now! We can stop pollution at its source by using proper waste disposal methods, improving septic systems, and carrying out frequent repairs or upgrades when necessary. It’s time for everyone who cares about their health and keeping their environment clean and safe. Let’s plan for a better blue and green future.

A leak from Dead Sea Works pollutes the surrounding area; protected plants found dead https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/a-leak-from-dead-sea-works-pollutes-the-surrounding-area-protected-plants-found-dead/ Sun, 05 Jun 2022 15:48:05 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/a-leak-from-dead-sea-works-pollutes-the-surrounding-area-protected-plants-found-dead/

A leak from a supply channel from the Dead Sea works to Nahal Tze’elim in the south of the country appears to have caused damage to the surrounding ecosystem, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority said on Sunday.

The authority said plants in the area had been found dead and some of them were protected species.

Investigators arrived at the scene and found leaks east of the supply channel, which in turn caused soil salinization.

There appeared to be no evidence of soil erosion as a result of the leak.

However, the authority noted that there was evidence the area was populated by deer, rabbits, hyenas, foxes and rodents, meaning wildlife could potentially suffer due to a lack food and shade if the plants died. It was unclear if any animals had ever been harmed.

The authority said the water flow was low at the source of the leak, but increased downstream. There was also an area where the leaked liquid had collected.

Aerial photo of Nahal Tze’elim, the site of a Dead Sea Works leak, with the Dead Sea in the background. June 5, 2022. (Nature and Parks Authority)

Drones were used to map the area of ​​the incident to assess the extent of the damage, as well as to investigate the possibility of the pollution spreading further. It was said there was no immediate danger to the wider nature reserve.

Dead Sea Works is owned by Israel Chemicals Ltd (ICL), which said it reported the leak on Saturday and launched an operation to fix the problem.

“Upon initial identification of the case, it was reported to the authorities in accordance with procedures and its causes are being investigated. The company strives to provide prompt response and immediate treatment to reduce the infiltration of ‘seawater,’ ICL said in a statement.

ICL is also the parent company of ICL Rotem (formerly Rotem Amfert Negev Ltd), which is responsible for one of Israel’s worst environmental disasters – the 2017 disaster in which between 100,000 and 250,000 cubic meters (3, 5 million to 8.8 million cubic feet) or more of highly toxic sewage was sent into the Ashalim stream, causing massive damage to the area.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection is in contact with the Nature and Parks Authority, as well as regional environmental organizations, and monitors ICL’s operations while trying to find the most quickly to stop the leak and minimize damage to the area.

Aerial photo of Nahal Tze’elim, the site of a Dead Sea Works leak, June 5, 2022. (Nature and Parks Authority)

The Dead Sea is receding about 1.2 meters (four feet) every year. The Jordan River, historically the main source of water for the Dead Sea, is being diverted for agricultural and other uses by Israel, Jordan and Syria, all of which have growing populations.

Despite this, Dead Sea Works is licensed to pump huge amounts of water from the lake.

ICL is controlled by the Israeli Ofer family company, the country’s largest holding company. It manufactures fertilizers, metals and other chemicals from bromine, phosphate, magnesium and potash mined in the Dead Sea or mined elsewhere in the Negev desert.

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Rekha Basu: Read What the Earth Thinks About Food, Agriculture, Erosion and Injustice in New Iowan Book | Columnists https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/rekha-basu-read-what-the-earth-thinks-about-food-agriculture-erosion-and-injustice-in-new-iowan-book-columnists/ Wed, 01 Jun 2022 19:09:00 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/rekha-basu-read-what-the-earth-thinks-about-food-agriculture-erosion-and-injustice-in-new-iowan-book-columnists/

By the time you finish Neil Hamilton’s new book, “The Land Remains,” which is written in part with the voice of 40 acres of Iowa farmland, you realize you’ve read a love story.

An unconventional, to be sure. This love is not romantic, it is primordial: the love for the earth, the ground buried under our houses, the highways and food reserves, the ground under our feet. Literally, the foundation on which we all exist.

And just as love can be fiercely protective, Hamilton is quick to warn of how the earth is in danger. Overbuilt, overfertilized, subject to greedy developers and poachers and giant commercial agricultural interests, often out of state, it has become an unintended battleground. Chemicals pumped into crops to make them bigger can pollute water and erode topsoil. The resulting erosion and losses escalate into political and economic disputes over “eminent domain”, ethanol mandates, carbon pipelines and ultimately climate change and the role of humans in it. .

This is perhaps an overly reductive summary of a book that covers much more than can be covered here. It’s simple and straightforward, like having an honest conversation. He weaves his narrative with humor, as when speaking with the voice of the country known as Back Forty. And it comes from a place of personal experience and historical knowledge.

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Hamilton and his wife, Khanh, are longtime friends of our family. Until his recent retirement, Hamilton was director of the Agricultural Law Center at Drake University in Des Moines. But long before that, as a child, he grew up on the family’s 200-acre farm in southwest Iowa, which includes the Back Forty. He walked beans, planted hay and cut thistles in the pastures. He rode his bicycle along the route his father rode with his tractor, to deliver his mother’s mid-afternoon snacks. He belonged to the 4-H Club.

He later attended forestry school, then law school, and served on the boards of environmental organizations such as the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Seed Savers Exchange, and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Iowa. ‘Iowa State University. As Iowa’s assistant attorney general, he witnessed how law and politics can affect the land. As founders of the Iowa Slow Foods movement, he and Khanh roasted pigs and held pie contests in the gardens of their beautiful Waukee home, which grows an endless and diverse abundance of vegetables.

Through the lens of the land, Hamilton explores facets of American history and land ownership you may never have considered. Part of it, he prefaces, “is bloody and bitter, leaving a residue of wealth and inequality that still haunts us today.” He recounts how in his early years he became defensive when confronted with discussions about his white privilege and pointed out that he grew up on a ‘poorly heated’ family farm with no water current. But he has come to see where white privilege lies in public support for white landowners and farmers.

In contrast, Hamilton tells the story of white settlers who steal land from Native Americans and then steal slave labor to work it. Often dropped were the promises of 40 acres and a mule when slaves regained their freedom. White society feared, Hamilton writes, that if black people owned land, “they could access income, self-employment, and wealth to pass on, and would seek and expect political power. … The echoes of the unequal treatment of black landowners through the legal system resonates today.”

The book taught me some surprising things, including the struggles of people of my ethnic heritage when it came to owning land in America. In the early 1900s, land in California owned by South Asians from the Indian subcontinent was “reclaimed” under a 1913 law prohibiting immigrants deemed ineligible for citizenship from owning or leasing land. Only free whites had this privilege. An Indian, Bhagat Singh Thind, challenged this law until the Supreme Court of the United States, which ruled in 1923 that South Asians were white, but not white, and therefore ineligible for naturalized American citizenship and to land ownership. And when 120,000 Japanese-Americans were wrongfully imprisoned during World War II, many had land, which was forcibly sold from under them.

American history, writes Hamilton, is “steeped in such a strong broth of racism that if you try to swallow it in one gulp, you might gag from the stench.”

Today, most workers on large farms in Iowa come from low-wage new immigrants.

Large-scale farming has been accompanied by a growing reliance on chemical fertilizers, which pollute waterways through runoff, as do manure spills from pig confinements. Hamilton portrays a current group of landowners disconnected from the land, writing, “We seem to tolerate levels of soil loss and water pollution that would have shocked our ancestors.” Voluntary actions and public funding are now needed “to fulfill what should be private responsibilities”.

Research suggests that on some 400 million acres of ground crops in the United States, an average of more than five tons of soil per acre per year is lost due, according to Hamilton, to intensive “agrochemical systems” that inhibit the rate of soil regeneration.

The hog industry’s 30-year concentration means the number of pigs in Iowa has increased by 50% to 25 million, while the number of farms raising them has fallen by more than 90%, from 70 000 to around 6,000 in 2020. Over 90% of pig production has moved to contract farming in vertically integrated systems. And 20% of landowners live out of state.

There is a section of the players involved in this. Political leaders courting factory farms in the 1990s removed local control over the location of giant lockdowns so neighbors couldn’t say no to them. Other culprits are the “hollow actions of Congress on climate change” as well as the “godly resistance of Iowa politicians to funding for water and soil protection”, and the “relentless fight of the agriculture against phantom regulations to avoid liability for land and water management”.

While crop debates focus on reducing nutrient leakage from millions of acres of corn and soybeans, Hamilton says, “few people dare to ask whether certain lands are best left in grass and habitat… In many ways, we have recolonized our state without recognizing it.” In the words of Back Forty, Hamilton’s favorite on his family’s land: “People are more interested in what I am worth – my price per acre – than in my health, my happiness or my worth. real.”

It wasn’t always that way, writes Hamilton. In the 1930s, the government considered soil conservation a “vital public policy concern,” but the US Department of Agriculture sounded the alarm about it years ago. Major agricultural groups like the American Farm Bureau, he writes, “choose to ignore soil loss rather than risk the government asking farmers to do something about it.”

“The ‘everything is fine’ attitude has come to dominate agriculture’s conservation communications. The message is that any effort to protect nature will limit individual rights.”

And isn’t that exactly what we hear in response to gun safety proposals or, as Hamilton points out, mask wearing and other COVID measures?

Public universities have also contributed to this mindset. Hamilton criticizes “the production-oriented education and mentality so common in land-grant agricultural colleges like ISU,” which fail to explore what he calls “the critical ethical issues embodied in to be a landowner”.

Even the 4-H teachings rarely dealt with soil loss.

Hamilton calls the Trump administration “un-environmental and anti-public land to an extent never seen before.” At the other end of the spectrum was Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who “saw land conservation as essential to the health and future of the nation”.

Still, Hamilton insists it’s not too late to make changes. It announces a few environmental champions and gives hope that the current administration will do more. The book includes a section on what we can do for the earth.

I asked if he foresees a decline in big ags anytime soon. His answer: “There are probably natural limits that may appear, but not in the short term.” He says there’s a “natural inefficiency” that sets in when farms are too big, and “we’re going to recognize that we have too many pigs in one place”.

Hamilton’s respect for the land and his generosity leaves you hopeful rather than helpless resignation like so many around us might these days. He says the earth is resilient if we let it. It is a valuable reminder not to let our own good instincts be drowned out by false arguments and to stand up for what is appropriate and right for the foundation on which we all exist.