Blog: Mother Earth Heals
by Liora Leah

Mighty Mustard!

Mustard Seeds are being tested as a non-toxic option to weeds and soil-borne pests in farming!

Date:   7/31/2008 9:02:41 PM   ( 14 y ) ... viewed 3017 times


http://curezone.com/upload/Members/LioraLeah/mustard.jpg

Image from: http://www.wildflowersofontario.ca/mustard.html

Mustard to the rescue

The agricultural fumigant methyl bromide is being phased out worldwide under the Montreal Protocol for its damaging impacts on the planet's protective ozone shield. The Bush White House, rather than enforcing a US ban scheduled for January 2005, instead appealed for extentions every year since. The fumigant still is widely used in strawberry fields in California but, as Living on Earth Correspondent Amy Coombs reports, a company called Farm Fuel Incorporated (FFI), may soon have "a non-toxic option available -- ground-up mustard seed." (See "Mustard Can Drive away Pests," PAN Magazine, Spring 2007.) The seeds contain glucosinolates and isothiocyanates, ingredients that give mustard and horseradish their tongue-searing kick and are the natural analogs of methyl isothiocyanate, another soil fumigant. According to Dr. John Kirkegaard, with Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, "biofumigation" with mustard and other Brassica species can discourage weeds and soil-borne pests. Yields of "potatoes, tomatoes and eggplants can be increased by up to 40 percent in some cases," Kirkegaard adds. "Methyl bromide is a general biocide, so it kills pretty much everything," California Agriculture Commissioner Bob Roach told Coombs. But that's a problem because sterile soil becomes easy prey for new pathogens. By contrast, soils treated with mustard seeds maintain biodiversity and actually become healthier. "If tests go well," Coombs reports, "Farm Fuel will begin testing seed meal on large-scale farms next year." In addition to causing ozone depletion, methyl bromide poses substantial human health threats. (from: Pesticide Action Network North America:   http://www.panna.org )  

shareMORE - For Living on Earth's report on methyl bromide


Add This Entry To Your CureZone Favorites!

Print this page
Email this page
DISCLAIMER / WARNING   Alert Webmaster


CureZone Newsletter is distributed in partnership with https://www.netatlantic.com


Contact Us - Advertise - Stats

Copyright 1999 - 2022  curezone.com

0.125 sec, (2)

Back to blog!
 
Add Blog To Favorites!
 
Add This Entry To Favorites!

Comments (20 of 482):
Re: Cockroach Tote… Tiger… 8 y
Re: Man Plants 3,0… Liora… 8 y
Re: Man Plants 3,0… albin… 8 y
Re: Organic Batter… Liora… 8 y
Re: Organic Batter… Desti… 8 y
Re: Chemicals Maki… Liora… 8 y
Re: Photos:Human C… Liora… 9 y
Re: Photos:Human C… Milla… 9 y
Re: Photos:Human C… Liora… 9 y
Re: Environmental … Liora… 10 y
Re: Environmental … Liora… 10 y
Re: Environmental … mu-sh… 10 y
Re:1 million page … Liora… 10 y
Re:1 million page … YOURE… 10 y
Re: Occupy Tokyo--… YOURE… 10 y
Re: What are you B… Liora… 11 y
What are you BEING? Liora… 11 y
Re: No More Corpo… ruden… 11 y
Re: This is, I sup… Liora… 11 y
This is, I suppose… mu-sh… 11 y
All Comments (482)

Blog Entries (12 of 689):
Mighty Mustard!  14 y
Arctic Toxins Down  14 y
Soy Reduces Sperm Count  14 y
Photos:NightBlooms  14 y
4 Pound Zucchini!!  14 y
Art:Mother Nature  14 y
Rockies Wolves Saved!  14 y
Al Gore Challenge  14 y
Spiritual Wasteland  14 y
HELP Bhopalis!  14 y
Art:Flowering Earth  14 y
Photos:Sunset/MoonRise  14 y
All Entries (689)

Blogs by Liora Leah (1):
Spirit Speaks  10 y  (256)

Similar Blogs (10 of 185):
health  by jeenggg  5 d
Global Learning  by Rimsha  7 d
Professional Ear Wa…  by JonathanKLeblanc  7 d
Manage Your Destiny…  by callofdestiny2guide  7 d
World Blogger Zone  by zoneworldblogger  11 d
The Best Way To Loo…  by theprostateprotocol  11 d
How Would You Perfo…  by women02training  11 d
Emerging tech trend…  by CynthiaMadison  13 d
prposting  by Kirik  20 d
Health and fitness  by jeenggg  26 d
All Blogs (1,019)

Back to blog!
 

Lugol’s Iodine Free S&H
J.Crow’s® Lugol’s Iodine Solution. Restore lost reserves.



Wormwood Capsules, Clove Tincture
Hulda Clark Parasite Cleanse