A Deep Dive Into Earth’s Most Misunderstood Substance

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“Water, thou hast no taste, no color, no odor; canst not be defined, art relished while ever mysterious. Not necessary to life, but rather life itself, thou fillest us with a gratification that exceeds the delight of the senses.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupery Wind, Sand, and Stars (1939)

I have been studying water intimately for over a decade, and at every entry into the study of this magical substance, what we find is that the further we look, the less we know.

All water is not the same, in fact, when you define it by its molecular structure and by what it holds, it is never the same. …


Industry and Big Business for the benefit of humanity

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Photo by Yulian Alexeyev on Unsplash

Technology and agriculture are inextricably tangled. In their essence they may seem worlds apart, but in their human application they complement and track one another intimately. In fact, you could even call agriculture one of the original human technologies.

At present, both technology and agriculture are totally out of control. …


Did you know that ocean water is perfect fertilizer?

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Most people think seawater kills plants. Right out of the ocean it does, just like any other fertilizer that is not diluted properly; but delivered in the proper concentration seawater is actually an amazing fertilizer.

Think about it, seawater is a repository for the entirety of the runoff on Earth. The Mississippi River alone contributes approximately 593,003 cubic feet of water per second into the Gulf of Mexico. …


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Composting happens everywhere in Mother Nature. The irony is that human activity gets in the way of this miraculous phenomenon much more than we encourage it, and it is collectively crippling us. Composting is the harnessing and concentration of a natural process for human benefit. Its profits to society are profound, and the process is simple and free.

What is Compost?

Compost is an art, not a science. A process, not an act. It leverages biological decomposition as a critical component of the cycle of life.

Organic matter does not just melt, it is digested by tiny life forms called micro-organisms, or microbes, much in the same way the microbes live in our gut and help us digest our food. …


Broadening Our Perspective Towards Farming for Healthy People, Plants & Planet

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Agriculture is what makes us human. The moment that first farmer planted a seed with intention everything changed, we began to move from hunter gatherers and put down roots and specialize into the modern civilization we have today.

The conventional agriculture that accounts for over 99% of the farmland in the United States is a backwards broken system that incentives the wrong things and built to value profit over people, and it is literally breaking humanity.

The good news is that we can fix it. Regenerative agricultural techniques have been established and the science needed to muster the public awareness to force necessary changes is now known. The solutions will not come from our politicians, they will come from an awakened and empowered populous that is expressing our buying power, eating our ideals, and growing as much of our own food as we can. …


Have you tested your soil before? Read this.

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A preface. Despite the analytics of the approach, soil testing is an art, not an exact science. A lab can never tell you everything you need to know about soil, and the testing can be conducted in different ways and translated using different soil languages.

The effort here is to shed some light on methods of articulating the mineral balance in soil that have proven valuable in my experience as an agronomist.

I developed a consulting platform called BioEnergetic Agriculture that recognizes and works with the physical, mineral, biological, and energetic capacities of living systems. …


Do you drink it? No!!!

Like composting, compost tea is a concentration of a natural process for human benefit. The technique is part of the biological component of a BioEnergetic fertility model. If you are a gardener or farmer and you have never heard of compost tea, consider this your lucky day.

What Is Compost Tea?

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Compost tea is a living solution. It is a process that involves growing soil micro-organisms, or microbes, found in healthy soil and compost by aerating water in the presence of organic microbe foods.

All of these components play key roles in creating optimal conditions for aerobic microorganisms to grow and replicate. …


Where did hydroponics come from?

Hydroponics is a modern technology with roots in the origin of Earth. In fact, hydroponics is the oldest form of growing with ocean-going photosynthetic algae and photosynthetic bacteria actually existing before terrestrial plants, helping to produce the oxygenated environment we breathe today.

Modern hydroponics was developed from the findings of experiments carried out to determine plant composition dating back to the early 1600’s, but plants were being grown in soilless culture far earlier than this, even if it was not identified directly as hydroponics. …


Everything on Earth starts with the soil.

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For billions of years the living topsoil has been accumulating naturally, and in only the last one hundred years we have abused its bounty to the point that in some places it is literally running out.

Soil doesn’t just happen by chance, it is manufactured through a very deliberate process based around the work of what is collectively called the “soil food web”. There is another universe under our feet made up of an intricate web of life encompassing tiny micro-organisms, or microbes, that are charged with the most important work of all — growing soil.

Think about the soil food web like the web of life in the ocean. The big fish eats the little fish on down to the plankton that represents the base of the oceanic food chain. Microbes are the “plankton of the soil”, or the base of the terrestrial food web. Research shows that this is literally true. …


At first glance, my interests may appear confusing.

I received a biology and a religion degree in college. Sure, science demands proof and religion requires faith, but I wanted to discover where they met, and it turns out it is a pretty interesting place.

My interests involve integrating technology with the natural spiritual realm. This has led me to regenerative agriculture - using methods of agriculture that grow soil, not just plants - and the blockchain - a relatively new disruptive technology that was birthed by Bitcoin, but absolutely capable of delivering humanity to a place beyond money.

In concept the realms of farming and technology are about as far apart as you can get, but I believe what they have in common will be central to the renaissance that brings abundance and a healthy human occupation of Earth. …

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Evan Folds

What we think, we grow. Visit: BeAgriculture.com | Gratitude!

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