Dr. Julius Hensel was the greatest figure in the history of agricultural chemistry even if his powerful enemies, members of the octopus chemical fertilizer trust, have succeeded in suppressing his memory, destroying his books and getting his Stone Meal fertilizer off the market. But eventually the truth comes to the fore, and its enemies are vanquished. Julius Hensel's pioneer work in opposing the use of chemicals in agriculture, a half a century later, found rebirth in the Organic Movement which has swept through the world. But Hensel is more modern than the most modern agricultural reformer, for he claimed, on the basis of theoretical chemical considerations, and supported by practical tests, that his Stone Meal can replace not only chemical fertilizers but all animal ones as well.
Julius Hensel is considered by his followers as the "inventor" of the mineral field fertilization with rock flour. He published "Macrobiotic" in 1882; he suggested that the underlying cause of all disease is a lack of mineral substances which are essential to the functioning of the body's cells. As he travelled he studied the minerals of the country and recorded any health problems more common in the area. By adding these minerals to the soil they will become available for vegetables who use them in their growth. Plants will become more robust against pest attacks and grow more vigorous. We humans who eat these vegetables will get the minerals in our system and be more vital and resistant against illnesses. We as farmers from 'de volle grond coöperatie' use this technic along with others, like mycorrhizae fungus and E.M., to grow real healthy veggies who nourish our bodies.
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Onderzoek van het Zwitserse bedrijf Geigy toont de achteruitgang van voedingswaarde in onze groenten. De oorzaken hiervan zijn het eenzijdig gebruik van NPK-meststoffen zonder de micronutriënten die bv. gesteentemeel bevatten, het te snel laten groeien of forceren van groenten om zo meer oogst te hebben en langdurige opslag en transport waardoor de voedingswaarden aanzienlijk snel dalen. Het is dus aan ons boeren om die heilzame groenten van weleer terug te introduceren en voedselkilometers te reduceren door een toekomstbestendig lokaal netwerk uit te bouwen. Bij 'de volle grond' werken we hier elke dag met veel passie aan.