Soil Health and the Food Supply
Winston Kao (Clearwater, FL), Owner Natural Plus Plus, LLC. "How soil impacts your Health."
Mr. Kao began by talking about rainwater, which has dramatically changed over the past decades. Normal used to be that rainfall in the Eastern United States had an average pH of 5.0 to 5.6 while the pH of rain in the West averaged 3.8 to 4.8. A recent test of rainfall at Mr. Kao's house in Florida revealed a pH of 9.5, which is 20,000 times too alkaline.
This is caused by dumping chemicals into the atmosphere. He noticed that his plants had an iron deficiency and when he poured vinegar into the soil to acidify it, the problem went away.
Mrs. Kleyne observed that skin is similar to soil. Normal skin pH is slightly acidic at 5.5 to 6.5. Mr. Kao pointed out that a pH of 7.0 is not neutral, it's simply a mathematical average.
They discussed shower water and Mr. Kao noted that you usually absorb a pint of water while in the shower. While bathing in the ocean, you feel an energy boost from sea minerals (that you don't feel after bathing in a river). He also noted that it is better to drink chlorine than rather bathe in it because your stomach filters it better than your skin.
Mr. Kao also suggested the purchase of devices to remove fluoride from tap water. Fluoride is similar to the main chemical in the tranquillizer Prozac. He also noted an increase in allergies and blindness from poor water, poor diet and "created" foods.
Regarding health and soils, Mr. Kao said that productive soils must have conductivity, water pipes and air pipes and that worms and micro-organisms create an elaborate structure for this, which is destroyed by deep plowing and turning. He suggests plowing no deeper than two inches, with no turning.
The worms will carry organic plant residue downward.
Mr. Kao talked about a farming system in which cattle graze on the plant residue, and then, when insects are attracted to the cattle dung, you bring in chickens to feed on them. This heavy organic concentration also greatly reduces the need for watering.
In Europe, produce is never transported more than 150 miles. Mr. Kao adds that government regulation should make things better and not worse.
Mr. Kao talked about the cacti disappearing in the Anza-Borrego Desert in California, probably due to human caused soil changes.