Alright! This is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com.
Today I have another exciting episode for you, and we’re going to talk about something
near and dear to my heart today. This stuff is called rock dust and it’s the number 1
thing I believe you guys should add to your garden to get he outstanding growing results
as you guys can see in my backyard garden that I’m getting. I know many of my viewers
out there have already used rock dust and seen positive results and, you know, many
of you guys may not. This video is to talk about that today and specifically one point
about it. It’s about the heavy metals in the rock dust, man. Oh my gosh, people freak out
about the heavy metals in the rock dust. SO, I want to share with you guys a quote that
appeared recently on YouTube, and it went like this, ‘I would not put those in my garden
if they were free. If somebody paid me to put those in my garden, I wouldn’t want lead,
mercury, barium, strontium and arsenic’ blah blah blah. So, you know, there’s people on
YouTube saying that they don’t want this stuff in their garden because of the barium, the
strontium, the lead, the mercury in there. What’s the truth, man? Is there these toxic
metals in these products that I have behind me? I mean this is a selection of rock dust
from around the US and also actually from around the world, literally. We’ve got the
Glacier rock dust, that’s coming form the British Columbia area of Canada. We’ve got
the Spanish River Carbonite Volcanic Minerals Plus, which is coming form Ontario. So, if
you’re living in the west coast of Canada, you’ll probably be able to find the Gaia Green.
If you’re living in the east coast, you might be able to find the Spanish River Carbonite.
We’ve also got the Asomite, probably the number 1 brand in the rock dust that’s done the most
with promotions, from Utah. We’ve got the Cascade Minerals, which is actually hailing
from Pacific Northwest up in Oregon. So, if you live in that area, you might be able to
find that stuff. We’ve the (unclear) minerals, which I believe is actually coming from Germany,
and that’s another rock dust and the company is out of California that’s offering this
product. So, what’s the truth, man? Do all these guys have heavy metals that you don’t
want in your garden? Well, before I get into that, and share with you guys my research
and my opinions on this subject, I want to share with you guys the more important reason
on why I believe you guys should be including it your garden, and that’s for one main reason,
and it comes to this little booklet right here. Its actually called Modern Miracle Men,
and this is actually a US Senate document. So, if you don’t believe me, do a Google search
for US Senate document number 264. Senate document right here. So, I’ll summarize this
document. I’m goanna read a little bit out of it for you. Here it is, the beginning.
‘Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet deficiencies,
which cannot be remedied until the depleted soils from which our foods come are brought
into proper mineral balance? The alarming fact is that foods, fruits, vegetables, and
grains, now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contains enough certain
needed minerals are starving us no matter how much of them we eat.’ Wow, that’s intriguing.
You’re goanna have to look up this document to hear the ret of this stuff, but basically
this document is not from the 2000’s, not from the 1990’s, not even from the 1980’s,
not even from the 70’s, or the 60’s or the 50’s or the 40’s. It’s from 1930’s. This is
actually form 1936, and they knew this back then that the soils are devoid of the minerals
that it once had. I’ll go ahead and skip to end of this, and, you know, summarizing once
again. Last paragraph or so. So, the last couple paragraphs it says, ‘Disease preys
most surely and most viciously on the undernourished and unfed plants, animals, and humans beings
a like, and when the importance of these obscure mineral elements is fully realized, the chemistry
of life will have to be written. No man knows his mental or bodily capacity, how well he
can feel or how he can live, for we are crippled and weaklings. It is a disgrace to science,
how chemistry is being rewritten and we’re on our way to better health by returning to
the soil the things we have stolen form it. The public can help. It can hasten the change.
How? By demanding quality in its food by insisting that our doctors and our health departments
establish scientific standards of nutritional value. The growers will quickly respond. They
can put these minerals almost overnight, and by doing so, they can actually make money
through bigger and better crops. Is it simpler to cure sick soils than sick people? Which
shall we choose?’ I want you guys to think about that for a minute. You know, look around
at our fellow Americans and fellow human beings around the world. Are we suffering from a
lot of disease in our body? Now, is that purely from the messed up diet people are eating
these days. You know, fast food, packaged foods, processed foods, junk foods. I mean,
in my opinion, I always want to strive to dot he best I possible can, and if the foods
of today, all the foods, even the fruits and vegetables today, even from organic growers
and conventional growers, they’re putting in three minerals. NPK, you know, in my opinion,
that’s not all the minerals we may require. I mean, they sell centrum; it’s A to Z of
zinc. Little supplements, right? In a little bottle to get our trace minerals in. Why do
we need that? I mean, think about millions of years ago when we had these big brontosaurus
dudes, or girls, I don’t know if they’re girls or dudes, but the brontosauruses that lived
on earth in prehistoric times, they were huge, and guess what? They are nothing but plant
matter, man. The brontosauruses, they got huge on this plant matter. Think about some
of the pictures that you’ve seen of some of the prehistoric apes, some of the plants growing,
they just looked ginormous. Were there different strains of plants back then than there is
now? Absolutely, but another thing that was vastly different was that the soils had tons
of nutrition in there. I mean, we’re sitting on a volcanic rock. I mean, this whole planets
made of rocks. What happens over time is the rocks basically grind down, it puts the trace
minerals in the soil, and the plants grow, and when the plants have all their trace minerals
they grow bigger. I mean, for any of the viewers who have already used the rock dust, post
down below and let people know your experiences. Are your plants growing bigger? Are they tasting
better? Is there less disease and pests because of the rock dust? Do your plants actually
store longer? I mean the cells in the plants that have the minerals in it store longer.
That means that if you’re harvesting things out of your garden, you could store them for
a little bit longer than stuff that’s not as nutrient dense. So, you know, my goal is
to add 70-90 minerals in my garden so that the plants have everything they need, and
I don’t know, do they need all those? I don’t know, there’s not really research. Some of
this stuff is not fully researched. Some people might say, ‘oh, you only need like 16 minerals.
That’s what we know plants need.’ How do you know? Have you asked a plant? How do you know
what they really need? That’s just what the plant needs, what does the biology in the
soil need? Does anybody know what the microaiza, the fungi, the beneficial bacteria in the
soil need? Now, if you believe in this, and you want to do it, great. I don’t think rock
dust is going to hurt. I think it can only benefit myself, mankind, and your plants by
using it. You’re going to get higher yields. There are some commercial growers, there’s
not many, using rock dust, and they found that if they bought rock dust, put it out
in the fields, their crops grew larger and they yielded more, and actually those crops
had higher nutrient density which is a good thing, and they made more money, but unfortunately,
commercial farming, even commercial organic farming, is not using rock dust in a big way.
How many of you go to your local nursery and ask for rock dust? They’ll be like, ‘what?
You’re looking for dolomite, you’re looking for ionite?’ No, that’s not the same stuff,
man. We want the rock dust, or stone meal. It’s ground up mixture of rocks, and these
are the quarter culture grades that I’ve been able to source, and which ones the best? Once
again, I don’t know what’s the best. I like to combine all of them so that I van get rocks
from around the world to give my plants everything they need, or everything I need, and I’ve
definitely seen, or more point, tasted a different. So, hopefully now you know why I’m using it.
You know, it was really funny, this little booklet here that I learned about, I learned
about this booklet specifically because of a supplement company trying to sell me trace
minerals in a bottle. You know, to me, I want to strive to model nature. I want to do and
model nature to the best of my ability. Now, nature does not have trees with bottle of
supplements with minerals or centrum A to Zinc that we can buy trace mineral. What nature
has is plants, but if the soils are devoid in the nutrients because of conventional farming,
because we’ve taken a lot out of the soil and we’re not giving back. We need to stop
cultivating, we need to start giving back to the soil, feeding the soil, feeding the
soil microbiologics in there, the bacteria, the fungi, all that kind of stuff, so that
it will be happy and those organisms and those plants will produce better. So, that’s really
why I do the rock dust, and I source different rocks dusts from around. This, I bought the
Green Glacier rock dust, I was happy that the Spanish River Carbonite company sent me
some. I definitely like that a lot. Also, I bought the Azomite, and actually thanks
to another gardener, frugal gardener online, Clint, sent me the cascade minerals. Thanks,
Clint. I probably would’ve never got that one if it wasn’t for you, man. That stuff’s
only available in the Pacific Northwest, and I got the agrowind minerals, ’cause they sent
me a sample to test out. I mean, I love them all. I can’t say that I like one more than
the other. I like to mix all of them to get all the minerals because each one has a different
balance, which we’ll see in a minute. So, let’s talk about the lead, the mercury in
the rock dust. Well, number one, are they there. Let’s find out. So, what I’ve done
is I went to the different websites of the companies and I printed out their assents
if they had one. Some of these companies do not publish their assents online and I didn’t
bother for this video to contact them to get them for this video I just got the ones that
were easily accessible. So, for example, the Spanish Rive Carbonite does it have arsenic?
Yes, it has 5 PPM, and that’s, in my opinion, parts per million man, that’s such a small
amount. Does it have lead? Yes, 4.7 PPM. Don’t freak out yet, man. 4.7, that’s a lot of parts
per million, man. Does it have mercury? Let’s check out the mercury on here. .01 PPM. It
has mercury in it! John, don’t use it man, you’re goanna toxify your soils! Alright,
so, yes, we have determined that the Spanish River Carbonite has some toxic metals. Next,
let’s check out the azomite. Here’s a printout once again. You can definitely find it online
if you want. Does it have the arsenic>yes, 1.1 PPM. Yes, that’s less than the Spanish
River Carbonite. Does it have the lead? Yes, 6.2. Woah, that’s more. Does it have the mercury?
Mercury, .01. That’s .01, so that’s like hardly nothing. So this has those heavy metals. Next,
we’ve got the Cascade Minerals. Now, let’s see on the Cascade minerals, does it have
the arsenic? Yes, .56. So, that’s less arsenic than the other 2. Does it have the lead? Yes.
It says actually below 10, so we don’t know exactly what that is, so it may be more than
the others. Does it have the arsenic? Let’s see, arsenic, yes. Does it have he mercury?
Well, it looks like the mercury is actually not listed on its chart. That may be because
it’s so small or some other reason. So, I could probably say that, you know all these
guys have those heavy metals that you don’t want in your garden, right? So, is it true
that we don’t want these heavy metals in our garden? Well, let’s have some point of reference
here. We know that mercury in a thermometer is not good and it’s toxic to drink or to
eat. Don’t do it. I mean, kids in the 50’s probably used to play with that stuff ’cause
it was pretty cool and balled up. I mean, we; probably know not to have mercury in out
mouths, because, you know, it’s a constant source of mercury, and once again, same thing
with lead and arsenic. We don’t really want those things in higher than normal amount.
So, how do we know if it’s more than normal? Well, we want some kind of reference range.
So, I have this right here. It’s from ANL laboratories. I found this online also, and
ANL laboratories, basically, they test heavy metals in soils, and what they have here is
a chart on the bottom, and it’s basically ‘typical and unsafe soil heavy metal levels.’
So, heavy metal arsenic. The typical level for non-contaminated soil is 3-12 PPM and
all the products I just listed are within that range of typical background levels. So,
you may be farming already in soil that contains arsenic because that’s a typical background
level that’s already there without you doin’ nothing. So, what about lead? What’s the typical
background levels for noncontaminated soil? 10-70 PPM. The rock dust, once again, are
below these levels. I mean, people that make statements on YouTube and otherwise need to
do their research just a little but, please people. Let’s not misdirect or misguide people.
Let’s do some research. I mean, this stuff is easy to find. You just got to do some searches.
What about the mercury? Well, mercury is not listed on this chart, but as we saw form the
rock dusts, the mercury level was quite low, so it’s probably alright, but I don’t have
data on this chart. Now, besides the background levels for noncontaminated soil, they have
the level for unsafe for leafy greens and unsafe for garden and children contact. So,
the unsafe for leafy and root vegetables is a lot lower than the unsafe gardens and children
contact. So, let’s take a look at the lead. Lead needs to be below 500 PPM. So, that means
you can add a lot of rock dust before you even get up to 500 PPM. Next is the arsenic.
So, it needs to be less than 50 PPM. So, once again, you know, by using some rock dust,
I do not believe it’s goanna make your levels unsafe. Now, this is just the company saying
this. Is this really documented or whatever? Well, you know, I don’t know, but I’m goanna
tell you that the state of California does a lot of research because of prop 65 which
lists that f anything has any remotely things that could cause caner, it has to have a prop
65. So, if you go to a gas station in California=, there’s goanna be a caner warning on the
gas station as you’re pumping your gas so that you can read it. ‘This,’ you know, ‘contains
chemicals that may cause cancer,’ and they’re pretty anal about this stuff so they came
out with a guide here, and it’s listed, ‘what levels are safe for my garden? Recommended
limits of heavy metal in soil in PPM.’ So, they have a category here of ‘land application
of biosolids for a home vegetable garden,’ they have a ‘human health screening level,’
and they have a ‘regional health screening level for household soil, total amount concentration
for hazardous toxic waste.’ So, as you go up the charts, it just gets higher and higher.
We’re going to mainly be concerned with, you know, the vegetable garden one and for arsenic,
the US EPA water act says that for arsenic, it needs to be 41 PPM or below, and the rock
dust that I just quotes are definitely below that. For the lead, it needs to be below 300
PPM. So, once again, what I just said is well below that. For the mercury, it needs to be
below 17 PPM, and yes, the rock dusts were below that as well. If you are concerned,
please people, do your own research. Don’t listen to anything I say. I research most
all the stuff I always talk about on my show. I wouldn’t knowingly have you guys put something
in your soils that’s going to be toxic, hurt your plants, or hurt you. You know, I’m making
the videos to let your guys garden in the most effective way to get eh best yields and
also, most importantly, the healthiest food you can grow. So, hopefully after watching
this episode, you guys will now know if rock dust is safe. As you guys can see, I just
showed with evidence, besides just some fear tactics, that it is. For those of you that
may still be a little bit concerned, let me tell you. Yes, it contains heavy metals, but
yes, heavy metals are all around us. It’s only when man gets involved an thinks that
he is smarter than nature and starts to concentrate nutrients and make these 16-16-16, 15-15-15,
and putting things in much higher ratios than it would be found in nature. I mean, my goal
is to model nature. Once again, I’m using these products form nature that are out of
the ground. They are not made in a factory. I do not encourage you guys to use factory
made chemical fertilizers to fertilize your ground because it’s not natural. Plants did
not grow up on chemically designed fertilizers, you know. We are not supposed to eat things
like processed foods and animal products in such high amounts that we’re being fed today.
We want to eat the foods that are found in nature, that we would’ve ate, you know, back
in the olden days. We would eat a diet rich in fresh fruits and fresh vegetables and back
in the really olden days they were a lot more nutrient dense than today. There’s been studies
that show from like the 1950’s comparing food form the 1950’s to foods of today. There’s
less nutrients in some of the foods, and I’ll cover this in a future episode for those of
you that are interested in growing the most nutrient dense crops. I’m going to share a
few tips that allow you to do that, but until then, feel safe and sure that in my opinion,
the rock dusts are totally safe and good to use, and you will see, like I’ve seen and
many of my other viewers have seen, you can read the comments below, you’ll se higher
yields, healthier, more disease resistant crops, you’ll see better tasting food, you’ll
see food that last longer in storage than other food. I mean, when the plant has everything
it needs, it can fully express itself and be fully healthy and that’s what I want for
each and every one of you guys watching me. So, anyways I hope you guys enjoyed this episode.
Once again, my name is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com. We’ll see you next time, and remember; keep
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