The Promise of Sea Minerals
by Gary Kline
Sea Minerals, along with biochar, are the twin salvation gateways to agricultural sustainability in the upcoming BLOSSOM Era being spearheaded by Black Lake Organic.
In the accompanying article on “Soil Mineral Balancing” quoting Steve Solomon, the essentiality of supplying nutrient minerals to gardens and farms is made clear and compelling, as is the necessity to go beyond conventional organic practices.
Both as a result of naturally occurring soil nutrient deficiencies and the depletion of once fertile lands from industrial farming practices (harsh chemical fertilizers, pesticides, compaction, induced erosion, etc.) our agricultural soils generally have become exhausted of both organic matter and a host of necessary nutrient minerals. Healthy plants and crops are known to need 20 elements. They have been getting fed basically only 3 (N, P and K) in chemicalized farming.
Over the eons, as well as in recent decades of accelerated soil mistreatment, the natural stock of slowly-generated nutrients has been largely washed away from the soil and transported to the oceans, causing the oceans to be salty. Seawater itself is incredibly fertile to the point of supporting immense numbers of marine species and very high populations of fishes and mammals in exquisite health.
Ocean water is 3.5 percent suspended minerals, representing nearly all of the 92 natural elements that make up the entire known universe. Those 90 or so elements are evenly distributed in the ocean and about 98 percent of sea minerals are the elements sodium and chlorine (or chloride), commonly referred to as salt. It may be said that the supply of minerals in the ocean is nearly inexhaustible, whereas on the land a paucity of nutrient minerals exists in most places, and they are unevenly distributed, making balanced soil mineralization a pervasive challenge.
To grow properly nutrient dense-food in most situations what we need to do to sustain our individual health, if not the survival of civilization, in the face of mounting population pressure and declining arable land, is to bring the minerals of the ocean back to the land; i.e., to remineralize our agricultural soils.
Basically, we have two choices for remineralizing deficient and depleted soils. One is to dig up or mine various deposits and veins of specific minerals in scattered locations on land and transport them to where needed. This often entails substantial environmental impact that may or may not get remedial and restorative treatment.
The second choice is to derive major organic nutrients and minerals, including the full array of micro or trace elements, from marine resources, including extracts from seawater itself, which generally has negligible environmental impact. Ocean resources represent the very best fertilizing materials with the least damaging and most sustainable supply source. Combining them with biochar enables keeping the minerals and organic compounds on the land to feed crops for decades and centuries. That’s real sustainability with a nutritional plus.
Because seawater extracts are so highly concentrated they can be efficiently and economically shipped all over the country (and abroad) for restoring degraded and depleted soils and formerly non-farmable land. Sea-Crop, likely the best obtainable seawater extract, is produced in southwestern Washington and sold at Black Lake Organic. It is meeting with enthusiastic success and return purchases by gardeners and farmers who are seeing amazing crop responses before their eyes.