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Tsunami
Actually Aided Crops
in Indonesia

by CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press Writer
Sunday, September 25, 2005

MEULABOH, Indonesia—From atop the coconut tree where he fled to escape the onrushing water, Muhammad Yacob watched the tsunami turn his rice paddy into a briny, debris-strewn swamp. Nine months later, Yacob and his wife are harvesting their best-ever crop—despite fears that salt water had poisoned the land.

"The sea water turned out to be a great fertilizer," said Yacob, 66, during a break from scything the green shoots and laying them in bunches on the stubble. "We are looking at yields twice as high as last year."

Rice, the region's staple food, is not the only crop thriving on tsunami-affected land in Indonesia's Aceh province, which suffered the worst damage and loss of life in the December 26 disaster.

Farmers say vegetables, peanuts and fruit are also growing well, spurring hopes that agriculture in the still devastated region will recover faster than expected.

But bumper harvests for some mask a very precarious future for most farmers in areas where a massive offshore earthquake caused the sea to crash ashore, experts say. According to U.N. surveys, 81 percent of the 116,000 acres of agricultural land damaged by tsunami waves in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, India and Thailand is again cultivable. But experts say much fertile land remains under water or sand churned up from the ocean floor. Waves and mud have destroyed or clogged countless drainage systems. So many villagers died, there’s shortage of labor to clear land and replant.

Yacob says he has received no tsunami aid from the government, and sighs as he points to a mangled threshing machine, rusting where it was tossed by the tsunami waves. Besides his rice crop, the father of eight lost 1,000 cocoa plants in the tsunami, and has no money for seedlings.

Recovery in the worst-hit areas may take three to five years, said Bart Dominicus of the U.N. tsunami response program.

The largest earthquake in 40 years sent 60-foot waves crashing into coastal communities in Aceh and more than five miles inland. Of the 178,000 who died in the 11 tsunami-hit countries on the Indian Ocean rim, 130,000 victims were in Aceh province. Nearly 50,000 acres of Aceh farmland were damaged, the local government estimates. In the weeks after, many scientists warned it would take years until crops could be planted, noting that fields flooded with salt water usually become unsuitable for most types of cultivation.

"When I first got here there were preliminary figures booted about that half of the land would be lost," said Helen Bradbury, an agriculturalist with Mercy Corps, a U.S.-based charity. "But I wasn't so sure and neither were the farmers."

In at least some cases, their hunch proved correct. Fields of lush, green rice now dot the coast, and surveys by the U.N. agency paint a more optimistic picture. Researchers say high rainfall in most Indian Ocean countries washed out the salt quicker than expected. Higher yields in some plots are explained by rich top soil and the composting effect of other organic matter dumped by the tsunami.

"I am not sure the effect will last long, but for now it is a sort of tsunami bonus," said Bradbury.

The rice harvest is helping to restore some of the pre-tsunami rhythms of life to the countryside, where men like Yacob have farmed for 30 years and more. But it is still littered with damaged buildings and tent camps housing tens of thousands of survivors. The U.N.'s World Food Program says it still expects to be feeding around 750,000 tsunami victims well into next year. And life remains tough even for farmers with fields full of crops.

Men and women wearing wide-brimmed hats stand knee-deep in mud during long days of planting and harvesting. Villagers cycle to the fields and smoke from burning stubble makes for blazing sunsets. Sur Salami has never grown corn higher—his plants stand two feet taller than him. But when heavy rain coincides with high tide, around half of his 5.5-acre plot floods. He says it never did before, and blames the tsunami for changing the coastline.

"The sea is around 50 yards closer now," he said. "But we can’t lose hope. Who can I complain to, anyhow?"


COMMENTARY
by David Yarrow
December 26, 2005

Surprise!! Surprise!! Why this is just exactly what Dr. Maynard Murray was saying 50 years ago. And proved in over 25 years of extensive research. And demonstrated for many years with his highly profitable 13-acre hydrponic produce farm in south Florida.

No, this is no surprise at all. Rather, just one more anecdote in a thick volume written by pioneers, mavericks and tireless growers who over and over have clearly shown the awesome fertility of the sea—and that the cure for all degenerative diseases lies in the ocean.

Once again, scientists and the usual chorus of agriculture experts proclaim that seawater had poisoned the land, and therefore the land would be unfit to grow a crop. "Salt will poison your soil," is just one in a litany of illusions professed by the chemical mindset that still entrances American agriculture and the USDA—and programmed into the heads of farmers. Without firsthand experience, they all adopt the common belief that salt—even unrefined salt from the sea—will stunt the growth of their plants and ruin their crops.

And once again, the necessity of food prevails over the rationalities of scientific dogmas paid for by chemical industry reseaerch grants and fellowships. Farmers aren't scientists, and in a natural disaster or war, farmers can only do what they know how to do—to grow food and feed people—especially feed their immediate community.

So, like uncounted generations of farmers before him all over the Earth, Muhammad Jacob shook off the shock of the catastrophe and planted his seeds and grew a new crop. And his soil grew a crop stronger and heavier than any he had seen in half a century of farming. Now he, too, has begun to suspect that the secret to soil fertility is in the sea. He, too, now respects that the minerals in the ocean are the ultimate seasoning for soil.

A tsunami is one of nature's natural systems for soil renewal is to "recycle the sea." If this method of soil renewal seems like an excess of calamity, consider nature's other methods: floods, volcanic eruptions and ice age glaciation. Perhaps this is one area where we can do nature's job better, faster, easier. Soil remineralization need not await a natural catastrophe. We humans have developed methods to create more than sufficient materials to renew our farm and forest soils. And we haven't yet fully assessed this ultimate fertility potential of the sea.

Fortunately Muhammad Yacob's farm wasn't near New Orleans, and thus downstream from oil refineries, chemical plants, fertilizer factories, and all those farms and cities draining into the immense Mississippi watershed. A flood on the lower Mississippi is a toxic deluge of topsoil, petrochemicals and sewage.—and plastic. Katrina's flooding of New Orleans was the biggest biohazard event in the American history—a stagnant pool of sewage, gasoline, motor oil, industrial chemicals, garbage, dead bodies..... All rotten with bacteria, mold and micro-organisms. Months and years will be required to remove all the debris and disinfect remaining structures.

AP Wirephoto Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005
Indonesian farmer
Muhammad Yacob

harvests the crop from his rice field which was destroyed by the 2004 tsunami in Aceh province, Indonesia
Recycle the Sea

"My research clearly indicates Americans generally lack a complete physiological chemistry because the balanced, essential elements of the soil have eroded to the sea. Consequently, crops are nutritionally poor, and animals eating these plants are, therefore, nutritionally poor.

"From the start, my sea solids experiments produced excellent results, and it is now conclusively proven the proportions of trace minerals and elements present in sea water are optimum for growth and health of both land and sea life.

"We must alter the way we grow our food, protect plants from pests and disease, and the way we process our food."

Dr. Maynard Murray
Medical Research Doctor
Sea Energy Agriculture

AP Wirephoto Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005
Indonesian farmer
Mohammad Yacob

nine months after the disaster, harvested his best-ever crop, defying warnings saltwater had poisoned the land, and rumors by fellow farmers another tsunami would destroy the crops he replanted

now available
Dr. Maynard Murray's
Sea Solids
SEA-90
Algerian Pumpkins

Decades ago, Ted Whitmer, an agricultural consultant from Montana, had a nephew stationed in the military in Algeria, who told of a pumpkin farmer whose irrigation well was failing. The farmer used one irrigation of sea water on 100 acres of pumpkins, giving the well time to recover. To everyone's surprise, disease problems virtually disappeared. At harvest, they reaped four times normal yield.

anecdote courtesy of
Ed Heine, Illinois farmer
who collaborated with
Dr. Maynard Murray

Molybdenum
Missing Element
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September 2005
how one trace element in soil essential to a single enzyme in one bacteria can accelerate removal of carbon from atmosphere to slow global warming and climate change


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