Composition of Vegetation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Air

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carbon (C)

44.3%

 

Carbohydrates

82%

 

Oxygen (O)

42.9%

 

Proteins

10%

 

Hydrogen (H)

6.18%

 

Fats

 

3%

 

Nitrogen (N)

1.62%

 

Other (Minerals?)

5%

 

 

95.0%

 

 

 

100%

 

From Earth

 

 

 

 

 

 

Potassium (K)

1.68%

 

This information has been known since the 1930's.

Silicon (Si)

0.70%

 

Although some trace elements are not listed, their

Calcium (Ca)

0.62%

 

presence was known and importance was

Phosphorous (P)

0.56%

 

recognized.  Presently known plant trace nutrients

Sodium (Na)

0.43%

 

include copper, zinc, boron, molybdenum, cobalt

Magnesium (Mg)

0.38%

 

and manganese.  Additionally, humans need

Sulfur (S)

0.37%

 

iodine, nickel, vanadium, chromium, lithium

Chlorine (Cl)

0.22%

 

selenium, and even a touch of arsenic.  All assist in

Iron (Fe)

0.04%

 

the making of carbohydrates, fats, amino acids

 

5.00%

 

and proteins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source:  Soil and Civilization by Milton Whitney,

 

cited in "Harnessing the Earthworm" (p. 146)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comparative Soil Mineral Composition (lbs per acre)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mineral

 

Western Wa

Eastern Wa

Difference

Calcium (available)

800-1,000

 

10,000-20,000

~9,000-19,000

Phosphate (P2 O5)

20-30 

 

200

~ 175

Potash (K20)

120

 

400

280

Magnesium

 

very little

 

300

250 ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trace Minerals

 

very little

 

substantial

large

(Fe,Mu,B,Zn,Cu, etc.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Parameters

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainfall

 

30-180 inches

8-16 inches

~20-170 in.

pH (Acidity/Alkalinity)

4.8-6.2 (acid)

7.0-9.0 (Alkaline)

2 to 4 points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Food Power From The Sea by Lee Fryer and Dick Simmons, 1977

(pp.177-178)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Composition of Vegetation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Air

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carbon (C)

44.3%

 

Carbohydrates

82%

 

Oxygen (O)

42.9%

 

Proteins

10%

 

Hydrogen (H)

6.18%

 

Fats

 

3%

 

Nitrogen (N)

1.62%

 

Other (Minerals?)

5%

 

 

95.0%

 

 

 

100%

 

From Earth

 

 

 

 

 

 

Potassium (K)

1.68%

 

This information has been known since the 1930's.

Silicon (Si)

0.70%

 

Although some trace elements are not listed, their

Calcium (Ca)

0.62%

 

presence was known and importance was

Phosphorous (P)

0.56%

 

recognized.  Presently known plant trace nutrients

Sodium (Na)

0.43%

 

include copper, zinc, boron, molybdenum, cobalt

Magnesium (Mg)

0.38%

 

and manganese.  Additionally, humans need

Sulfur (S)

0.37%

 

iodine, nickel, vanadium, chromium, lithium

Chlorine (Cl)

0.22%

 

selenium, and even a touch of arsenic.  All assist in

Iron (Fe)

0.04%

 

the making of carbohydrates, fats, amino acids

 

5.00%

 

and proteins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source:  Soil and Civilization by Milton Whitney,

 

cited in "Harnessing the Earthworm" (p. 146)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comparative Soil Mineral Composition (lbs per acre)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mineral

 

Western Wa

Eastern Wa

Difference

Calcium (available)

800-1,000

 

10,000-20,000

~9,000-19,000

Phosphate (P2 O5)

20-30 

 

200

~ 175

Potash (K20)

120

 

400

280

Magnesium

 

very little

 

300

250 ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trace Minerals

 

very little

 

substantial

large

(Fe,Mu,B,Zn,Cu, etc.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Parameters

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainfall

 

30-180 inches

8-16 inches

~20-170 in.

pH (Acidity/Alkalinity)

4.8-6.2 (acid)

7.0-9.0 (Alkaline)

2 to 4 points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Food Power From The Sea by Lee Fryer and Dick Simmons, 1977

(pp.177-178)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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