Reduce Chemicals

Many agricultural operations have become chemical dependent over the past decades, and it keeps getting worse. For each new problem (often caused by previous chemicals), there is a new chemical "solution." It is time to stop poisoning our fields, crops, and customers. Bio Minerals Technologies can help you reduce the amount of chemicals you have to use, while giving you the tools to greatly reduce and even eliminate your chemical dependence.

Our products and services include:

  • Natural chemical replacement products
  • Glyphosate remediation for soils and plants (eliminate short-term side effects, even for glyphosate tolerant plants)
  • Soil toxin remediation and recovery

Call us today at 435-753-2086.

Glyphosate and Cancer

The letter below was submitted to the EPA from an external scientist who had previously been part of the agency.

Case 3:16-md-02741-VC Document 141-1 Filed 02/10/17 Page 1 of 1

Jess,

Since I left the Agency with cancer, I have studied the tumor process extensively and I have some mechanism comments which may be very valuable to CARC based on my decades of pathology experience. I’ll pick one chemical to demonstrate my points.

Glyphosate was originally designed as a chelating agent and I strongly believe that is the identical process involved in its tumor formation, which is highly supported by the literature.

  • Chelators inhibit apoptosis, the process by which our bodies kill tumor cells
  • Chelators are endocrine disruptors, involved in tumorigenesis
  • Glyphosate induces lymphocyte proliferation
  • Glyphosate induces free radical formation
  • Chelators inhibit free radical scavenging enzymes requiring Zn, Mn or Cu for activity (i.e. SODs)
  • Chelators bind zinc, necessary for immune system function
  • Glyphosate is genotoxic, a key cancer mechanism
  • Chelators inhibit DNA repair enzymes requiring metal cofactors
  • Chelators bind Ca, Zn, Mg, etc to make foods deficient for these essential nutrients
  • Chelators bind calcium necessary for calcincurin-mediated immune response
  • Chelators often damage the kidneys or pancreas, as glyphosate does, a mechanism to tumor formation
  • Kidney/pancreas damage can lead to clinical chemistry changes to favor tumor growth
  • Glyphosate kills bacteria in the gut and the gastrointestinal system is 80% of the immune system
  • Chelators suppress the immune system making the body susceptible to tumors

Previously, CARC concluded that glyphosate was a “possible human carcinogen.” The kidney pathology in the animal studies would lead to tumors with other mechanisms listed above. Any one of these mechanisms alone listed can cause tumors, but glyphosate causes all of them simultaneously. It is essentially certain that glyphosate causes cancer. With all of the evidence listed above, the CARC category should be changed to “probable human carcinogen.” Blood cells are most exposed to chelators, if any study shows proliferation of lymphocytes, then that is confirmatory that glyphosate is a carcinogen.

Jess, you and I have argued many times on CARC. You often argued about topics outside of your knowledge, which is unethical. Your trivial MS degree from 1971 Nebraska is far outdated, thus CARC science is 10 years behind the literature in mechanisms. For once in your life listen to me and don’t play your political conniving games with the science to favor the registrants. For once do the right thing and don’t make decisions based on how it affects your bonus. You and Anna Lowit intimidated staff on CARC and changed HIARC and HASPOC final reports to favor industry. Chelators clearly disrupt calcium signaling, a key signaling pathway in all cells and mediates tumor progression. Greg Ackerman is supposed to be our expert on mechanisms, but he never mentioned any of these concepts at CARC and when I tried to discuss it with him he put me off. Is Greg playing your political games as well, incompetent, or does he have some conflict of interest of some kind? Your Nebraska colleague took industry funding, he clearly has a conflict of interest. Just promise me not to ever let Anna on the CARC committee, her decisions don’t make rational sense. If anyone in OPP is taking bribes, it is her.

I have cancer and I don’t want these serious issues in HED to go unaddressed before I go to my grave. I have done my duty.

Marion Copley
March 4, 2013

Reduce Chemicals for Better Soils

For many decades, American agriculture has been increasing the use of chemicals on their crops, herds, and flocks. The increase was initially gradual, but in recent decades it has become a flood, with new chemicals constantly introduced, and often required if farmers want to harvest a crop.

The introduction of a chemical solution is always promoted to increase fertility or improve yield, or the new chemicals are “needed” to control disease or pests. The chemicals may achieve their objectives for a time, but inevitably, the effectiveness wanes and new chemicals are introduced, starting the cycle all over again. With each generation of new chemicals, the problems become deeper and the cycle becomes more ingrained into the agricultural process.

The truth is, our biggest problems are not solved by these chemicals, they are created by them!

Chemical (inorganic) fertility and controls are almost universally detrimental to the health of our soils. They may have short-term “benefits,” but the long-term result is to inhibit or destroy the critical biological balances in our soils, decimating the natural protective mechanisms and clearing the way for the pathogens to infect our crops, herds, and flocks. The chemical companies then introduce new chemicals to address the symptoms they caused in the first place, and they expect you to pay for them!

So how does chemical agriculture affect our soils?

1. Chemical agriculture reduces the soil’s aerobic zone.

Where chemical agriculture is practiced the aerobic zone of the soil ranges from nothing to a few inches. The depth of the aerobic zone determines the primary volume of the plants rhizospheres. It takes oxygen to grow extensive third- and fourth- order roots and root hairs, which are the major nutrient collectors for the plants. Primary and secondary roots may be growing outside of the soil's aerobic zone, but their collective mass and volume are minor in comparison to the finer roots and root hairs that proliferate the aerobic zone.

2. Chemical agriculture reduces the beneficial microorganism populations.

The soil’s beneficial microorganisms also require oxygen to flourish. The reduction of the aerobic zone reduces the available environment where they can proliferate. Their jobs are to collect and convert nutrients from the soil for the plants to consume as well as protect the plants from invasion and infection of pathogens.

Most of the agricultural chemicals are also directly toxic to the beneficial microorganisms. They kill them on contact, further reducing the protective population and leaving the plants and animals malnourished and defenseless.

3. Chemical agriculture increases the population of pathogenic organisms

The reduction in beneficial microorganisms creates a vacuum into which the pathogenic organisms quickly expand. The pathogens are much more resistant to the chemical attacks, and in some cases are even stimulated by the chemicals, creating a severely diseased and even toxic soil environment.

4. Some chemicals actively chelate (tie up) nutrients, reducing and restricting nutrition for the plants and animals

One of the chief culprits in this arena is the common chemical glyphosate. Not only does it specifically block manganese uptake within critical pathways, but it also is a very strong mineral chelator and measurably reduces the nutrient uptake of the plants, leaving them in a malnourished and weakened state (even “roundup ready” plants are affected by the chelation).

So how do you get off the run-away chemical train?

It isn’t easy, and it doesn’t happen overnight. It has taken decades to create the depth of this problem, so it will take multiple seasons to correct it, but it can be done.

Instead of responding to problems with expensive chemical solutions, it is much more effective to pay attention to the correct balance of your natural soil biology and full-spectrum nutrition. In most cases, the right biology and nutrition will correct and control both pathogens and pests. And if supplemental control is needed, it will be at a much smaller scale, with much less residual damage and cost.

Bio Minerals Technologies can help you restore your soils by reintroducing the right biology and the right nutritional balances. We can provide tools to reduce the necessary use of chemicals during the transition, and we can show you how to compensate for the negative effects of chemical use.

Call us today at (435) 753-2086.

Effects of Glyphosate on Soils and Plants

One of the most common agricultural chemicals in use today is Glyphosate. It is commonly used for weed control and also crop “burn down” prior to planting the new crop. However, most people have no idea of how it actually works and what it does to the soils where it is used.

Glyphosate works by crippling a plant’s nutritional pathways and immune systems. To do so, it blocks the absorption of Manganese through a critical pathway. As a secondary affect, it also is a very efficient mineral chelator, thus tying up critical minerals in both the plant and the soil and reducing the nutrition to the plant

Once the plant is crippled, Glyphosate promotes the growth of soil-borne pathogens while effectively killing all the pathogen inhibiting beneficial microbes. The pathogens then attack the weakened and crippled plant which kills it.

There are four key points in this process that most farmers don’t understand, and don’t currently compensate for.

1. Glyphosate inhibits Manganese absorption, even in “roundup ready” plants.

Manganese is a critical mineral used by the plant in many functions and processes. It is critical in key nutrient absorption and utilization processes as well as photosynthesis, so a lack of manganese is extremely detrimental to the strength, growth, and development of the plant.

2. Glyphosate chelates (ties up) many nutrients, making them unavailable to the plant.

The glyphosate molecule has a very strong negative charge, so it very efficiently attracts and holds onto any available positively charged minerals. This reduces the mineral nutrition available for the plant, weakening the plant and making it more susceptible to disease and  pests, even "round-up ready" varieties.

The lack of mineral nutrition can be especially challenging for plants when they are trying to set their yield. Plants determine yield based on the nutrients available to them. If the nutrients are tied up, there will be a significant decrease in yield because of it. For example, according to industry documentation, the recommended first application of ghlyphosate in corn is between V3 and V5. It is precisely during that time frame that the corn plant is determining how many kernels to produce around the circumference of the cob. Take away nutrition and the cobs will be smaller!

glyphosate biocidal properties3. Glyphosate is an extremely efficient anti-microbial product, targeting almost exclusively the beneficial microbes.

The beneficial soil microbes are very sensitive to glyphosate, with extreme results at even very low concentrations (as low as .01 ppm). So applying glyphosate essentially wipes out your protective soil microorganisms, leaving it open to the proliferation of pathogenic organisms (disease).

4. Glyphosate stimulates the proliferation of pathogenic organisms

The affect goes far beyond lack of toxicity. Most pathogenic organisms are not sensitive to glyphosate and can easily withstand its application, even in higher concentrations. However, glyphosate actually excites and strengthens the pathogens, increasing their reproduction beyond the normal response to a lack of beneficial control.

Most farmers say, “But I have to do something about my weeds!”

There are other methods of dealing with unwanted growth, but they are longer term solutions, and they take some extra work too.

If you are determined to use glyphosate, then there are some tools and methodologies you can use to minimize the negative effects.

  1. Use Argosy RF which greatly increases the effectiveness of the glyphosate while requiring much less of it and fewer applications, thus reducing some of the secondary negative effects.
  2. Always apply glyphosate with Glyphonix to block the mineral chelation effect and allow uninterrupted nutrient flow to the plant.
  3. If you use glypohosate for burn-down before planting the next crop, don’t plant immediately. Wait 10-14 days before planting for better results (and always apply microbiological boosters when planting to replace what the glyphosate killed).
  4. Always follow glyphosate application with foliar trace mineral supplements, especially manganese. Apply the foliar supplements 7-10 days after the glyphosate application.
  5. Always follow glyphosate application with microbiological supplements and stimulation. Apply microbiology 7-10 days after the glyphosate application.
  6. By following these recommendations, you can minimize your short-term glyphosate usage and compensate for the negative effects while working toward better and longer-term solutions which will keep your soils and your plants healthy and functional. Healthier soils produce healthier plants which have less disease and better yields, providing better results for you and your farm.

Products to Reduce Glyphosate and Improve Results

In a perfect world, no one would use Glyphosate and crops would grow successfully without damaging weeds. We don't live in a perfect world. Weeds are a constant pressure, and the fight seems never-ending. Farmers have become dependent on Glyphosate and Glyphosate-tolerant crops (GMO Roundup Ready), in spite of the secondary and often unrecognized problems they cause. To understand how it works, read Effects of Glyphosate on Soils and Plants.

We're here to tell you there is a better approach! We have two products that can minimize the volume and frequency of glyphosate (and other chemicals) and reduce some of the negative side effects.

Argosy RF

Argosy RF is a polymer adjuvant, which when placed into solution with water and mixed with appropriate agricultural chemicals such as Glyphosate (RoundUp), enhances wetting, adhesion, and facilitates the distribution with ambient moisture, thereby increasing protection during plant growth. Argosy RF also provides protection against phytotoxicity, and aids as a drift retardant. Some thermal protection may also be provided at higher concentrations. Argosy RF should be applied with the first and all subsequent sprays. Argosy RF aids in fruit, foliar, and systemic applications. The use of Argosy RF allows longer duration between chemical applications, resulting in less total chemical usage.

The properties of Argosy RF not only allow greater duration between applications, but also allow you to use less Glyphosate (or other chemicals) per application with better results. With the first application of Argosy RF, you cut the Glyphosate concentration by 50%. The second application you reduce the Glyphosate concentration by 50% again. You are now only using 25% of the original concentration of Glyphosate, but the results are as good or better than previous full-strength applications, even at longer intervals.

Reducing the overall volume of Glyphosate (or other chemicals) applied to the plants and the soil helps to reduce some of the toxic side effects, and especially reduces the amount of residual toxins stored in the soil.

Glyphonix

Glyphonix is designed to inhibit the mineral tie-up that occurs when glyphosate or glufosinate (negatively charged) herbicides chelate or tie-up the positively charged macro and micro-nutrients in the plant. These herbicides are often applied at crucial growth stages when the plants are determining yield. The resulting mineral loss causes reduced yields, stunting, bronzing, yellowing, stress and a weakened immune system in plants. The application of Glyphonix is especially critical to maintain plant nutrition as the plant determines and sets yield. Glyphonix is made up of natural compounds that stimulate plant growth and boost the plant’s immune system as an added defense against soil pathogens which are rapidly stimulated by the use of glyphosate and glufosinate herbicides.

Glyphonix does not interfere with the herbicidal action of glyphosate or glufosinate. Glyphosate is a patented antibiotic and as such kills beneficial microbes at the rate of 1/10 of 1 ppm. It takes nearly 4000 times as much glyphosate to kill soil pathogens. This results in a rapid reduction in beneficial soil microbes and a huge expansion of the pathogen populations; thus the need for a strengthened immune system in the plant.

Glyphonix is designed for use on all GMO herbicide resistant crops such as corn, soybeans, alfalfa, cotton, sugar beets, canola, etc.

Typically, there is a 10-day plant slow down after glyphosate applications. This is directly attributed to the lack of nutrition cause by the mineral chelation. By inhibiting the chelation and maintaining constant nutrition, you eliminate the growth lag, resulting in stronger plants and better yields.

For more information on these and other products, contact us today at 435-753-2086.

 

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