When I do these articles or rather "Discussions", I always try to do a lot of background research. The main reason for this is to verify the information that we are discussing. I take this very seriously and I don't want to mislead any of you or even present any ideas that cannot be found somewhere else or even discussed by reputable people. IE: I have had people blow smoke up where the sun doesn't shine and when you use this information one ends up looking like a fool. Plus the information is not factual, so it doesn't work. So I hope that if any of you might end up using the information I present here, you will find that it works or is at least creditable. With that said, let us move on. I was ready to prepare a very interesting discussion on seawater, pH related water, and minerals, but that will come around later on as I ran across an article in an agricultural magazine that is really, really cool. I will discuss the information presented and how it applies to us as humans. Of course, it is dealing with livestock, in particular cattle, but the information is applicable across the board, directly I might add. So here goes.
The studies were conducted in Nebraska. In the studies, they were talking about how they discovered that their corn silage was deficient in a number of minerals. They also discussed the mineral contents in perennial grasses that were also consumed by the cows. So let us go with the minerals in the perennial grasses. Normally the Maganese in the grasses are found to be at or above the 40 ppm levels, which is required by the cow. Of the Maganese samples submitted for testing, 80% of them were at or above the 40 ppm-level. So pretty good, only a small amount was found to be wanting in the grasses. As to Zinc, the requirement is to have the Zinc to be at least 30 ppm. But 80% of the samples had less than the required amount. Of the 80%, 50% of those had between 15 to 25 ppm. With Copper, the requirement is 10 ppm. Of all of the Copper samples tested, 50% were 5 ppm or less. So with the grasses, for the most part, you would be OK with Maganese but would have to supplement the Zinc and Copper, and maybe with a touch of Maganese in some operations.
Now stay with me OK, because I am going somewhere with this and it is important. Now when it came to testing the corn silage, a whole different story came to light. They did say that normally the silage samples are always deficient in Zinc and Copper. With 81% of the Corn Silage samples deficient in Zinc and 94% of those samples being deficient in Copper. But when it came to the Maganese only 30% of the samples had enough Maganese to meet the cow's daily requirement. Of course, Iron was found to be excessively high in 50% of the samples tested and moderately high in most of the others. When you get an excessively high level, from the plant, it acts as an antagonist to some of the other minerals. Selenium was also looked at as well. Selenium, as noted in the article, is all over the board as to where you have higher levels or lower levels in the soil. IE; anywhere from extreme deficiencies to levels that can cause toxicities. As to personal experiences with Selenium. I grew up in an area that had high levels of Selenium in the soil. But when I floated downstream, to where I presently live, where they have extreme deficiencies of Selenium in the soil, well, put it this way, talk about a learning curve. Also, soils with high levels of Molybdenum can really mess with available Copper for the recipient. Anyway in developing feed rations for cows, one must consider these factors and along with the antagonists related to them. BTW, this is the type of stuff I try to look at when working with essentials oils. But I would like to discuss that aspect in part 2 of this discussion.
When a person supplements for these minerals, one has to consider the organic-non organic aspect of the minerals. With the nonorganic one must be more precise in amounts as they are not as forgiving as the organic minerals if you don't have a correct balance. In closing, I want to cover one more area. That being if you are looking at making a mineral mix that was to provide 100% of their needs, let us go over the needs, Copper is at 10 ppm. Zinc is at 30 ppm. Maganese is at 40 ppm, and Selenium is at 0.1 ppm. So in the supplement mix, you would need to have the added Copper at 1,145 ppm, the Zinc at 3,436, the Maganese at 4,581, and Selenium at 11 ppm. Let that sink in.
Now for the kicker. Why is the Maganese as well as the other minerals so much different in the Corn Silage and the Grasses? As a note, I didn't go into the geographic areas where the corn is so low vs where it is not that low. But the kicker here is the use of Glysophate. Plain and simple. This is what Glyspohate does to the plant. Of course, the article makes no mention of the Glyspohate on the corn. The Glyspohate is not used on the grasses as a crop unless they want to kill the grasses out in cleaning up for a new crop. So why on the corn? Well, here they spray the stuff on the corn plant. Glyphosate is very sticky, so it usually doesn't fully wash off.
Now once it hits the soil, then if certain conditions are correct, then it will degrade down to other chemicals, such as AMPA, which is bad. But as it is stuck on the corn leaves, the leaves as well as the cob, and stock is cut up and fermented before it is fed to the cows. So it goes into their digestive tract and interferes with the absorption of certain minerals. But while it is still on the other plants it's chemicals are used up in killing those plants by messing with these very minerals. Of course when you mess with Maganese, then you mess with Photosysnethis as well. So if you or the cow eats the plant part with the Glyspohate still on it, and if it was sprayed on the crop it is still there, you will end up with a mineral deficient driven disease forming in your body.
The figures that they show in the article is how much you have to supplement just to get your daily intake of these minerals to where they need to be because of the Glysophate action potential in the digestive tract. I have a Dr. friend that teaches about using high amounts of these minerals and in particular Selenium. Now, do you get the idea of why? And the rationale behind the need to do so? The ratios of the ppm are the same in animals a well as humans. The only real difference is the weight volume needed on a daily basis. Maybe a human might only take a tablespoon full of minerals every day and the cow would need 4 ounces, but the ppm will be the same in each sample. Does that make sense? When I am talking about Corn having it on its leaves, etc., I am talking about corn that is of the GMO variety that is Glysophate resistant. The plants, such as weeds, grasses, etc., that it has gotten on and the plant has died are non-GMO and therefore are not resistant to Glyspohate. Once these plants die and degrade into the soil, if high levels of Maganese are there then it degrades into AMPA and then eventually into Carbon and Nitrogen. But since you are not eating the actual soil, that part doesn't directly mess with your tummy and what it does. Anyway, let's close this for now. I am going to do two other parts to this, one will be discussing some of this material in the September Gardening Tips and the other with Essential oils. Those will come shortly. Enjoy the read.
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