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Why is the name of this site "Nuthin' But Rock"?

    In Chapter 23, written by William A. Albrecht and titled "Food Is Fabricated Soil Fertility", in Weston A. Price's book , "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration", Albrecht asks "What is soil fertility?". His immediate answer is:
"In simplest words it is some dozen chemical elements in mineral and rock combinations in the earth's crust that are being slowly broken out of these and hustled off to the sea. Enjoying a tempory rest stop enroute, they are part of the soil and serve their essential roles in nourishing all the different life forms. They are the soil's contribution--from a large mass of nonessentials--to the germinating seeds that empowers the growing plants to use sunshine energy in the synthesis of atmospheric elements into the many crops for our support. The atmospheric and rainfall elements are carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen, so common everywhere.
    It is soil fertility that constitutes the five per cent that is plant ash. It is the handful of dust that makes up the corresponding percentage in the human body. Yet it is the controlling force that determines whether Nature in her fabricating activities shall construct merely the woody framework with leaf surfaces catching sunshine and with root surfaces absorbing little more than water or whether inside of that woody shell there shall be synthesized the innumerable life-sustaining compounds.
    Soil fertility determines whether plants are food of only fuel and fattening values, or of body service in growth and reproduction.. Because the soil comes in only for a small percentage of our bodies, we are not generally aware of the fact that this five per cent can pre-determine the fabrication of the other ninety-five per cent into something more than mere fuel."
    If we look at soils that vary from low soil fertility, producing carbonaceous or carbohydrate plants of little feed value for a scarce animal population, to high soil fertility, producing proteinaceous plants capable of supporting a denser animal population, we should be able to determine differences in the mineral content of the soil and, by looking at the higher soil fertility, determine what type of rocks were breaking down to create the higher level of soil fertility. Then we might try adding rock that created the high soil fertility to soils of low soil fertility and see if the soil fertility is thereby increased. What rocks to add, what size of rocks to add and how long would it take to increase soil fertility are all questions that would need to be answered. The basic strategy, however, would to use only rocks to create soil fertility as it is created in Nature to produce a soil with a long lasting high level of soil fertility.

What is paramagnetic rock?

    At the 1994 Acres, U.S.A. conference and trade show, Philip S. Callahan, Ph.D., one of the speakers, spoke about the idea of paramagnetism being one of the characteristics found in soils of higher fertility that was not present to the same degree in soils of low soil fertility. He explained that this subtle force could be found in some rocks and that rocks with this property could be added to the soil in order to increase the paramagnetic reading of the soil. He suggested what level of paramagnetism in rocks would be good in order to add them to soil and what level of paramagnetism would be good to obtain for the soil itself.

What is paramagnetism and how do you measure it?

    Bob Pike of Pike Agri-Lab Supplies, Inc. explained that there are two kinds of magnetic suseptibility, feromagnetism and paramagnetism. Feromagnetism is the type we are normally familiar with. A feromagnetic material is attracted to a magnet and a feromagnetic material like an iron bar can be turned into a weak magnet by rubbing a magnet along the surface a number of times. A paramagnetic material is also attracted to a magnet but it cannot be induced to become a magnet itself as a feromagnetic material can be. An inexpensive meter is available from Pike Agri-Lab Supplies, Inc. to measure this magnetic susceptibility but it does not distinguish between paramagnetism and feromagnetism.

What is the purpose of this site?

    The main purpose of this site is to document results obtained in using paramagnetic rock. To help determine the significance of these results, it is necessary to take a critical look at current agricultural practices, both "conventional" and "organic".


What claims are being made on this site for the benefits of adding paramagnetic rock to soil?

    In order to substanciate claims, it is necessary to conduct scientific tests using "independent" researchers to "prove" the safety and efficacy of a fertilizer or supplement in order to satisfy government regulations before advertising and selling the product based on the claims made. The results some have obtained that are reported here are not reported here to suggest anyone might ever obtain the same results ever again. Soils, climates and crops are all variables in place to place and in year to year. When only the paramagnetic rock is held constant, these other variables, through their wide variability, can have a great influence over the results in an anticipated almost infinite range when adding paramagnetic rock to soil.

Should paramagnetic rock be added to soil as a fine dust to take advantage of its mineral content and its paramagnetism?

    If paramagnetic rock is being purchased, it should only be purchased for its paramagnetism. The finer the particle added to the soil, the shorter time it will last before it is broken down. Rock dusts, paramagnetic or not, when added to soil, cannot be expected to have a long life in the soil. In buying paramagnetic rock for its paramagnetism, it would be desirable for the rock to last as long as possible, thus a sand size or a 1/4 inch mesh size would both offer a greatly increased longevity in the soil over a rock dust. In purchasing truck loads of paramagnetic rock, the freight it usually a much greater cost than the rock itself. If you want to add a short lived rock dust to the soil, you can probably find a closer source of rock that is not paramagnetic and have much cheaper freight costs.

Should paramagnetic rock be added to soil to increase crop yields?

    If your goal is to increase crop yields, paramagnetic rock would be a poor investment. Maximum yields can be obtained by ignoring the biological value of the crop, so concentrate on increasing the fuel value of the crop at the expense of its service in growth and reproduction and thereby get increasing yields per acre. Hybids fit right in when the goal is to maximize yields without considering the biological value of the crop.

Why should anyone consider experimenting with paramagnetic rock in their soil?

    If your goal is to maximize the biological value of food you are growing, even if it results in lower yields per acre, then you might want to experiment with paramagnetic rock. In putting together the various results on this site, some ideas come to mind. Several instances of the increased availability of nitrogen have been reported when paramagnetic rock was applied to the soil. Since there is no nitrogen in the rock, the rock could not have directly added nitrogen to the soil. The test on the results page that shows that paramagnetic rock had many beneficial effects on microbial life in the soil would suggest that perhaps the number of microbes that fix nitrogen from the air was increased. If more microbes in the soil are fixing nitrogen, this would not be the same as adding nitrogen to the soil. When you add nitrogen to soil, the amount is a one time application. When microbes in the soil are fixing nitrogen in the soil it is not a one time application but rather a continuous process.
    Other things to look for would be any differences in insect or disease problems in areas with and without rock when growing the same crop in both areas. Is the brix of the crop different in the area with rock compared to the area without rock? If the crop is to be used as feed for animals, do the animals show any discrimination in their selection of the crop grown with rock compared to the crop grown without rock? If the crop is to be used as food for people, does it taste different when grown in the area with rock compared to the area without rock? Do the plants look any different in the areas with and without rock?
    If you experiment with a small amount of paramagnetic rock and see benefits you like, then you might want to consider the value to you of purchasing more paramagnetic rock to add to your soil.

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