Biologic Farming v. the Chemical Approach to Plant Nutrition

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Biologic Farming Can Be Traced Back to the 19th Century

In 1855, Justus von Liebig’s discovery that plants are fed by water-soluble substances started a revolution in agriculture, and the first thinking about biologic farming. However, this revolution progressed in a different direction that was far from the truly original thinking of von Liebig.

Von Liebig’s discovery reads: “Plants take up water-soluble nutrients.”

This discovery became internationally understood, unfortunately, with a single word was added to Liebig’s statement: “Plants take up water-soluble ionic nutrients.” Because of this misunderstanding, von Liebig became the father of the modern fertilizer industry.

This single addition changed the truth of his discovery: First to recognize the important misunderstanding was Liebig himself. This addition leads to an interpretation that negated Liebig’s total work in agriculture.

Other Liebig findings were:

  • “Man must regard nature as a unit, a whole, and everything that occurs in nature works together as knots in a net.”
  • “Diseases of plants are diseases of the soil.”
  • “We must treat the origin of the disease, not the symptom.”

It is important to understand that if the soil is living and healthy, the plants will be strong and healthy with natural resistance against disease, as will the creatures and people that consume them. This is the basic pillar of biological farming.

The chemical approach sees the soil only as a place to anchor the plants: hydroponics being their environment of choice. The chemical approach takes into account only the minerals, a limited range of elements. Comparing them to the crop to be grown, they determine the amounts of these nutrients to be used chemically without considering the biological needs of the soil-plant relationships. Although this approach is still widely used, it has been modified to take into account the influence each mineral has to another mineral. The chemical-purist may not look at all known nutrients the plant needs for total nutrition.

For example, vanadium and chromium, though usable and needed by plants in special conditions, will not be acknowledged in the chemical approach. Recently some chemical-purists have been using V AM, and some limited inoculants containing a handful of microorganism species to help with their system. Yet, their approach to these microorganisms is still the same purist boxed-in system of using the soil as a container and not a living environment. This approach is detrimental to farmers and their soil.

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