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Organic Field Agriculture

 

The New Black Gold

   

ABCC's BioSoils are

biologically augmented

with beneficial microbes to kill pathogenic bacteria and weed seeds in compost.  Steer (or horse) manure is used, and chicken litter can also be added.  We apply the good microbes to preclude the bad bacteria. That is biocomposting.

   

We can also continue the process with Vermicomposting (with worms). They are the Mothership of microbes and the  resultant Vermicompost, or worm castings, are the best soil fertilizer there is - bar none.  We can eliminate the harmful, and very expensive, toxic chemicals that currently saturate our land and our foods, and pollute our waterways. We must ban harmful chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides that are sterilizing our soils and killing our pollinators – bees, butterflies, birds and bats.

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ABCC's BioSoils are top quality topsoil amendments to restore sterilized lands, retain water, and provide the necessary pH, minerals, and nutrients that plants require. They have been shown to increase yields by an average of 34%, and increase disease resistance by 76 to 83%.  The first thing the microbes do is to kill the odor of pathogenic bacteria, and preclude them from the process. Pests are also eliminated because odor attracts pests to feed and breed. These facts more than offset the minimal CO2 created by biocomposting. 

 

Big Ag is Big Chem. They can be Big Organic with BioSoils, and Hydroponics, Aeroponics and Aeroponics. Primary products made by the Petro-Chemical-Pharmaceutical industries poison our Food and Water (chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides are now at harmful levels in everything from Ritz crackers to children's cereals) and also our Medicines. They smother our planet with Plastics which are especially deadly to marine life. 

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Did you know that it takes 9 pounds of petroleum to produce 1 pound of chemical fertilizer, herbicide, or pesticide?  This is an unnecessary waste of that very costly resource. Over one billion pounds of these chemicals are used on our fields every year!

GMOs are never used in ABCC's systems.

GMO foods require over 400% more deadly pesticides.

The world’s leading Corporations for GM seeds are:

Monsanto-Bayer;  DuPont-Pioneer; Syngenta; Agrosciences; Dow; BASF

In the US, Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta, and Dow

They control over 80 percent of the domestic corn and soya market, and via numerous subsidiaries, control more than half of the world’s seed supply. Please see  https://greencoast.org
- 14 cons of GMOs, by Renee Picard, or Carrington College

- https://carrington.edu/blog/genetically-modified-food-pros-and-cons/

"Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands."

– President Thomas Jefferson (on Farmers)

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Bio-composting saves the massive amounts of energy, labor, and costs to dispose of crop and livestock wastes. Biocompost can then be sold for profit. Benefits extend to cleaning

wastewater lagoons. Regenerative agriculture, such as, no-till farming, companion crops and croprotation are also significantly beneficial. 

Microbes used in treating dairy and poultry farms can preclude diseases. As our family raised free-range Black Angus Breeder cattle, we feel compelled to recommend free range livestock ranching for cattle, pork, and poultry.

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We are opposed to cruel, overcrowded,

unsanitary, factory farming.

We love our fruits, nuts, and vegetables and have significantly reduced our consumption

of meats, as well.

We can greatly restore forests, grasslands, and farms, by using BioSoils, as well as water, to put our forest fires instead of “forever chemicals”, especially in the Urban-Wildlife Interface areas. Please ask for our article on the subject.

BioSoils offer value in anticipation of the upcoming rainy seasons. The rains can cause as much damage as the fires themselves. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forestry agencies can use BioSoils right away to secure the soil exposed by the fires. This can result in immediate contracts (the situation is urgent) and perhaps, even participation in production and revenues. Funds have been allocated for Wildife-Urban Interface borders restoration.  This would end the use of “forever chemicals” to put out our wildfires.  Fortunately, there are more mulching and biocomposting operations underway in California, Arizona, and elsewhere in the U.S.

Presently, every truck and bulldozer is clearing land - illegal logging is rampant and must be stopped. There will mostly be piles that do not contain the remains of homes. This deadwood and ash are two of the great elements of danger in mudslides. The wood waste has nowhere to go. A portion of ash can be used in the BioSoils and would even add some nutrients. BioSoils can be applied to lands still covered  with ash.  We can greatly restore our forests, grasslands, and farms, by using BioSoils.

Land for these processes may well be donated by organic farmers with land not currently in production, or possibly, by the Forestry agencies and the BLM for on-site access. About 80% of the areas (800,000 acres) that were destroyed are under their management. Hundreds of millions of dollars have already been allocated, and this would certainly be a wise investment for the agencies. We can have an endless supply of raw materials for BioPellets© and the BioSoils© for the restoration of our forests and grasslands. (Please see the W2E2F page, Waste-to-Energy-to-Food, for the ABCC BioFuels© and BioSoils© Farm system).

Helix wind and Solar energy on the farm will play a central role in achieving the emissions cuts required, and meet carbon policies like the Clean Power Plan. They  will be critical to ensuring that low-emission resources are used.

Antibiotics, which create ever more resistant pathogenic bacterial strains, must be greatly reduced. Use probiotics  for livestock instead, for better results.

We show farmers how to turn problem areas (wastes and emissions) into profit centers.

Save the Biodiversity of Temperate Forests.

There are methods for farmers to deal with wildlife, and to live in harmony. Rather than the slaughter of apex predators (to the point of extinction), which are often great pest control for crops, we can control reproduction which is far more humane, and utilize proper fencing. This is also applicable to our prairies and grasslands. We must end the “culling” and the killing of essential wildlife such as wolves, bears, bison, cougars, coyotes, mustangs, burros, and even prairie dogs – our icons of the West.  We need these animals to maintain our very delicate ecosystems. Over-hunting and “trophy hunting” should be banned, as this is further damaging our ability to feed ourselves and the world, and adds to Climate Change.

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Save the Biodiversity of our Grasslands.

Such destructive actions even change the weather as it changes the balance of Nature.

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ORGANIC AGRICULTURE
 

Rewilding the Land and Forests

“Biodiversity is all the different kinds of life you’ll find in one area—the variety of animals, plants, fungi, and even microorganisms like bacteria that make up our natural world. Each of these species and organisms work together in ecosystems, like an intricate web, to maintain balance and support life. Biodiversity supports everything in nature that we need to survive: food, clean water, medicine, and shelter. “ - www.worldwildlife.org"

 

The natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the vital source of all life, including us. Thus it is crucial that we focus on our home planet, our role in actively preserving Nature, and living in harmony with all creatures - and each other.

 

This includes coastal wetlands and mangroves which sequester CO2 and provides protection from tidal surge flooding. They are also nurseries for many essential species.

Save Tropical Rainforests’ Biodiversity

Under-roof Agriculture Features Organic Hydroponics, Aeroponics, and Aquaponics and

Keeps farmers on the same piece of land with greater yields, which prevents deforestation! 

Under-roof Agriculture

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Combination of systems run by solar power in Southern California.

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The Pure Farms company from the Netherlands has become a major food producer in Europe and are using their system to great effect in the Middle East.                                     

These systems use 80 to 90% less Land, Water, and Energy.

In California, 80% of our water supply goes to conventional Agriculture, rather than to cities and people. This is true most everywhere, but is especially important in semi-arid and desert environments, and in cities. Under-roof Agriculture can also be used in rainy regions prone to flooding, as well as in arid deserts.

One of the primary goals of ABCC is clean Food, Water, and Energy security. The aim is to prevent deforestation by keeping farmers consistently productive on the same plot of land, with increased yields through bio-composted BioSoils(c) and also promote Organic Hydroponics, Aeroponics, and Aquaponics, the most environmentally safe and economically sustainable methods available.

These systems consistently save 80 to 90% of the energy (and emissions), water, and land used for conventional farming, and with far greater yields preventing deforestation and saving essential wildlife habitat.

All of these farming systems are organic.  

There are also in-home and greenhouse units, such as the Hydro Art Pod, modular EXO Towers,

Mr. Stacky, and others.

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EXO Tower

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Farmers can save lives and wildlife with Organic BioSoils and Under-roof systems.

Rewilding the Land and Forests

ORGANIC  AQUACULTURE

Considering the depletion of global wild fish and shrimp stocks, ABCC’s techs for land-based organic aquaculture should be in high demand. With ABCC’s synergistic systems - of microbes and air diffusion advances- we can keep ponds clean, eliminate diseases, increase yields, and prevent the contamination of wild stocks.  (These products and processes can also be efficiently applied to water reclamation and wastewater treatment.)

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For land-based Aquaculture and Aquaponics, an air diffusion system can double your fish and shrimp production. The resultant synergies, when used with microbes and proper fish food, cleans ponds, prevents diseases, reduces mortality, and eliminates the contamination of wild stock. Such a chemical-free system allows for ABCC's organic systems to succeed. This can greatly reduce losses and costs, and thus, increase profits. 

We believes that, including Aquaponics, ABCC still has the only organic land-based Aquaculture system. Its vital elements are beneficial microbes and air diffusion. The synergy of air diffusion and microbes can double the production of fish and shrimp farms. ABCC also has a recipe for fish food. Grain-based feed impacts the hatchlings intestines and there is substantial die-off. This system also cleans wastewater lagoons, ponds, and lakes. With the addition of Cavitation and/or UV, these products and processes can also be efficiently applied to water reclamation and wastewater treatment.  (Please see our CLEAN WATER page)

Oceans Harvest© for Lakes and Seas

 

The United Nations projects a global seafood shortage by 2030. As demand for seafood shows no sign of stopping - something must be done. The Offshore Aquaculture Act of 2007 (NOAA) has worked to end over-fishing and rebuild wild stocks. The United States (and worldwide) needs both organic land and ocean Aquaculture to narrow the trade gaps and to keep up with consumer demand.
 

Good News! After decades of effort, in 2023, the UN has passed the “High Seas Treaty” that will create marine preserves to save 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030.

(Please see the article below.)

 

Here is how we can help.

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Oceans Harvest©
EcoSeafood©

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The above system was first introduced to us by Cap’n Henry Bodden. ABCC designed the logos and branded the name, Oceans Harvest©– Eco-Seafood©.  Operating as a collaboration, we began to market the system. Because the system was so expensive and impossible to ship, we decided a redesign was necessary to offer more modular units to more people by making the system into kits. We completely redesigned the unit for assembly on-site, and are using completely different materials. Capn’n Henry was meant to work with us, but never did return phone calls or paperwork. The patent expired long ago, and we believe our design is so different that we can now claim it as an ABCC proprietary design.

ABCC’s Oceans Harvest© (OH) has been redesigned to be the best, most cost-effective, most accessible, environmentally friendly, sustainable, and modular system available. ABCC’s OH has organic fish farming technologies that quickly grow fish, shellfish, lobster and shrimp in a non-polluting way and eliminates the objectionable contaminations of ocean “pens”,reef-scraping damage, dynamite fishing, and over-fishing. OH’s Seafood Habitat system is market-driven, regulatory-driven, and now, a governmental fisheries recovery priority.

The ABCC Oceans Harvest system is a design that allows any fish, shrimp, lobsters, and mollusks, grown in the system to qualify as “wild caught” - our Eco-Seafood. Our OH system of “habitats” allows for natural ocean nutrition, clean water, and eggs to pass through the habitats, dramatically reducing any need to feed or care for the fish and shellfish population. Stimulating air diffusion can be added, along with kelp forests to sequester CO2. 

The cube-shaped habitats will be made a single modular size to connect for stable reef-building. They are portable in the water, and can be individually raised and lowered to any height, for targeted species, and even out of the water. Most importantly, the new OH system will be more accessible to more fishermen, both physically and fiscally, than conventional fishing or fish farming.  We aim to make the system comparable in cost to filling a fishing boat's gas tank

just once.​

The OH system can create a viable, living reef within 1-2 years. Once placed in the water, in a matter of a few weeks, mollusks and coral, mussels, algae, and kelp begin to attach themselves to the units. Left in this natural environment, a living reef begins to emerge in a matter of a few months. Over the course of a year or two, a unique diving and recreational reef can be created, its size limited only by the customer’s desire.  The largest of each species is harvested and the rest are left to grow.

“For most of history, man has had to fight Nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.” 

- Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Maritime Explorer

Rewilding the Oceans!

”Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.”   Jacques Yves Cousteau.    We heard him.  Thus, we have our Oceans Harvest effort.  This system can be used in lakes, rivers, mangroves, and marshes, and most importantly, throughout island chains for preservation, storm protection, and the replenishing our seafood stocks.  Discover the latest news about the UN Decade For Ocean Sciences (2021-2030), sign up as a #OceanDecade Partner, or explore their events and resources – all right there. 

We will build and our first unit over the next year

or two, and will demonstrate it over the following

year or two. We will work with a university,

foundation, company, or organization to

document the design.

What the new system can do is to promote:

  • ​Sustainable Fishing.

  • Restoring Mangroves and Wetlands (hatcheries).

  • Coral Reefs Restoration.

  • Elimination of Bycatch Waste. 

  • Elimination of Contamination.

  • Kelp Growth.​

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A typical coastline that shows the best areas for the Oceans Harvest

EcoSeafood habitat and reef building system.

Kelp Growth

Kelp can help! For sequestering CO2, reducing ocean acidification, for marine habitat, for food, for livestock feed to prevent methane emissions, for biodegradable plastics, jet fuel, and much more.

Please see https://news.stonybrook.edu/university/sbu-study.

Here is a group working to clean up the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” (the size of Texas, and a multinational effort to fix that.

The Ocean Cleanup is a worthy effort. There are thousands of microbes, and fungi, with plastic-eating enzymes in ocean and soil samples from dozens of countries. They’re capable of degrading 10 types of plastics.  Also, NOAA, and The Ocean Science Decade - UNESCO - https://en.unesco.org/ocean-decade/about 

 

There are groups who are transplanting new corals and thermophilic algae that are more resistant to warmer waters onto bleached and dying reefs. Those groups we know of are in Hawaii, The Philippines, Palau, and Florida. 

 

Meanwhile,  Here is the current leader in sustainable reef-building. They use limestone,

not cement.  Reefmaker - Walter Marine; https://reefmaker.com

Creating Habitat with Artificial Reefs. The Reefmaker - Walter Marine deployed its first artificial reef in 1986. Today they are the largest reef builders in the United States with over 70,000 reefs deployed. All of their artificial reefs feature their patented design of natural reef like material. 

Our Oceans Harvest habitats and reef-building kits will provide an inexpensive system available to fishermen and coastal communities a welcome reality.

Kelp can Help

Whales are crucial to ocean productivity and we need to save them from ship collisions and overfishing. Cargo and cruise ships are beginning to change course to go around them. More need to comply.  Also ending the massacre of dolphins and orcas in Japan and the Faroe islands. We need them!

Sir David King, Cambridge University, Founder, Centre for Climate Repair. Biomimicry is used for Marine Biomass Regeneration, using volcanic ash as whale feces to grow phytoplankton; Creating Clouds to refreeze the Arctic. This is needed by all the Polar nations. 

"What we do over the next five years is going to determine what humanity manages to do for the next thousand years – it’s as simple as that." - Sir David King.

GOOD NEWS!

Countries agree on historic oceans treaty to protect the high seas!

 

The RSPB (The RSPB Wildlife Charity: Nature Reserves & Conservation

https://www.rspb.org.uk . The RSPB is the UK's largest Nature conservation charity, inspires everyone to give Nature a home and secure a healthy environment for wildlife. Join us. And the World Wildlife Fund will help us achieve the goal of conserving or protecting at least 30% of the global oceans by 2030. And they have!

                                      

By Laura Paddison, CNN

Updated 6:51 AM ET, Mon March 6, 2023   

 

Nearly 200 countries have agreed to a legally-binding "high seas treaty" to protect marine life in international waters, which cover around half of the planet's surface, but have long been essentially lawless.

The agreement was signed on Saturday evening after two weeks of negotiations at the United Nations headquarters in New York ended in a mammoth final session of more than 36 hours -- but it has been two decades in the making.

The treaty provides legal tools to establish and manage marine protected areas -- sanctuaries to protect the ocean's biodiversity. It also covers environmental assessments to evaluate the potential damage of commercial activities, such as deep sea mining, before they start and a pledge by signatories to share ocean resources.

"This is a historic day for conservation and a sign that in a divided world, protecting nature and people can triumph over geopolitics," Laura Meller, Oceans Campaigner at Greenpeace Nordic, said in a statement.

The high seas are sometimes called the world's last true wilderness. This huge stretch of water -- everything that lies 200 nautical miles beyond countries' territorial waters -- makes up more than 60% of the world's oceans by surface area.

These waters provide the habitat for a wealth of unique species and ecosystems, support global fisheries upon which billions of people rely and are a crucial buffer against the climate crisis -- the ocean has absorbed more than 90% of the world's excess heat over the last decades.

Yet they are also highly vulnerable. Climate change is causing ocean temperatures to rise and increasingly acidic waters threaten marine life.

Human activity on the ocean is adding pressure, including industrial fishing, shipping, the nascent deep sea mining industry and the race to harness the ocean's "genetic resources" -- material from marine plants and animals for use in industries such as pharmaceuticals.

A successful treaty "will help us achieve the goal of conserving or protecting at least 30% of the global ocean by 2030," Monica Medina, the US Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, told CNN by email. The high seas are home to unique species and ecosystems.

The agreement of the oceans treaty marks a process that started around two decades ago.

Back in 2004, the UN set up an ad hoc group to discuss ocean protection. It wasn't until 2015, that the organization adopted a resolution to develop a binding oceans treaty and, after years of preparatory talks, negotiations began in earnest in 2018.

"It has been a long arc from the first time the question was raised, to where we are now," Karan said. Many had hoped that 2022 would be the breakthrough, but talks in August -- the second round that year -- ended in failure.

These latest negotiations were billed as a final chance for the world's oceans.

There were points during the negotiations where some worried that agreement would never happen, as conflicts threatened to derail talks. "It's been a bit of a roller coaster ride," said Karan.

Major sticking points included nailing down the processes for creating marine protected areas and ensuring costs and benefits were shared equitably -- especially as many developing countries may not have the technology or capacity to do their own scientific exploration of the high seas.

But after a grueling final session, the talks ended late Saturday night with an agreement.

"We praise countries for seeking compromises, putting aside differences and delivering a treaty that will let us protect the oceans, build our resilience to climate change and safeguard the lives and livelihoods of billions of people," Greenpeace's Meller said.

Countries now have to formally adopt and ratify the treaty. Then the work will start to implement the marine sanctuaries and to attempt to meet the target of protecting 30% of global oceans by 2030. "We have half a decade left, and we can't be complacent," Meller said.

"If we want the high seas to be healthy for the next century we have to modernize this system -- now. And this is our one, and potentially only, chance to do that. And time is urgent. Climate change is about to rain down hellfire on our ocean," McCauley said.

Editor's Note: Call to Earth is a CNN editorial series committed to reporting on the environmental challenges facing our planet, together with the solutions. Rolex's Perpetual Planet initiative has partnered with CNN to drive awareness and education around key sustainability issues and to inspire positive action.

Rewilding the Oceans!

Ending the use of toxic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides.

“When you’re in a hole, stop digging” No more drilling for energy fuels on

Land and in the Seas.

Primary petroleum products are the Petro-Chemical-Pharmaceutical poisons in our food chains.

These poisons Kill us, too! They cause numerous neurological diseases, such as, Parkinsons Disease, Cancers, Multiple sclerosis, and many others.

Chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and other toxins poison

our Land, Water, Food, and Medicines.

Then, they poison the Oceans and marine life.

 

Petro-Chemical-Pharmaceuticals also smother our planet with plastics. There are many products and plastics that are plant-based and biodegradable. We need to invest, and scale them up! 

By ending the use of toxic chemicals, oil, and gas for farming we can have Clean Air and stop the “bomb trains”, such as the one that derailed in East Palestine, Ohio in 2023 (and numerous other polluting derailments). We must end their use in our farming, and some must be banned for killing our pollinators – the birds and the bees and the butterflies.  This is what happens when farming with Petro-Chemical- Pharmaceuticals:

Pesticides are wreaking havoc on animals, human health, and the environment, but the Protect America's Children from Toxic Pesticides Act (PACTPA), which was recently reintroduced by Sen. Cory Booker, would fix problems with pesticide regulation and get some of the most dangerous poisons out of our nation's farming system. Urge your senator to support this critical piece of legislation!

In the U.S., over 1 billion pounds of pesticides are used every year, which we expect to be sufficiently regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). However, once they're formally approved, or registered, by the EPA, they can stay on the market for decades, even if new research becomes available that proves they are dangerous and no longer meet the safety standard initially used for approval.

Organophosphate pesticides, for example, are neurotoxins that are used to target certain insects, but they're toxic to other insects and many species of birds and other animals, including our companions. They've been linked to cancer and endocrine disruption, brain development issues in children, and have been found to threaten 97% of endangered species.

Paraquat, which is one of the most toxic pesticides out there, can cause organ failure and brain damage and has been linked to an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease.

Neonicotinoid pesticides are causing a rapid decline in pollinators, pushing them to the brink and putting wild animals and our food system at risk.

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We must eliminate the use of Fossil fuels to the best of our ability, and the petrochemicals in our food, packaging, and gardens, or we face – An "insect apocalypse." A "second Silent Spring. "A "catastrophic collapse of Nature's ecosystems." “Being strangled by plastics”. “Mass extinction events.”

– Friends of the Earth. 

What you can do - Have a composting bin for your garden if at all possible, plant milkweed, lantana, jasmine, honeysuckle, and other attractions for our hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies.  Vineyards in California are using owls for pest control, rather than pesticides. Coyotes and other predator birds and animals can help, too. Poisons used for getting rid of pests also poison these predators, Nature’s pest control, and cause them a slow, painful,

death of internal bleeding.

This is what happens with conventional Agriculture and Aquaculture with

Petro-Chemical-Pharmaceuticals (PCPs)........

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What YOU can do -

Lobby legislators, Companies, and agencies to ban the use of chemicals from the Food Chains.

 

Rewilding the Land and Waters

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