This plant is the answer to many of our problems

There is a plant can be harnessed to address many of the problems we face in this country. Nutrition, employment and environmental damage for starters. It can be used to make rope, clothes, food, paper, textiles, plastics, insulation, building materials and biofuel.

This plant is called hemp and it is banned from being grown in this country. Our Ministry of Health decided that because it is in the cannabis family, it will make you hallucinate or have psychoactivity. This is despite the fact that you can smoke hemp all day long without the slightest bit of hallucination. Great discomfort by 5pm, but no hallucinations. This lack of hallucinations is because the active ingredient in hemp, CBD, suppresses the active ingredient in cannabis, THC. THC is what causes the hallucinations.

We are a malnourished country. Obesity, starvation and infertility are all forms of malnutrition. We are the third most obese nation on earth. Malnutrition starts in the soil. In a previous column I have elaborated on how our government ensures that we are a malnourished nation, by allowing the farm poison Glyphosate, which chelates our soils and bodies of micronutrients, to be used in the production of all our staple foods. Glyphosate was patented in 1964 as a descaling agent so our soils and bodies are being descaled of micronutrients.

Hemp, unlike wheat, maize, soya and cotton, is not grown with Glyphosate. That automatically means that it is more nutritious than any of the aforementioned plants. The most nutritious part of the plant is the seed. I could fill this whole column with the health benefits of hemp seeds so for brevity they a) have the correct balance of fatty acids, b) contain all 9 known essential amino acids, c) are 25% protein and d) go and buy some and feel for yourself what they do to your body whilst you eat them.

As the world industrialises and urbanises, to the cheerleading of reductionist academia and media, so most rural people move from livelihoods to deadlihoods. Employment in producing food that nourishes gives dignity to these people who have become marginalised by this so called progressive system, also known as capitalism. Hemp offers an opportunity for redemption. It is the one crop that can be grown without using pesticides and herbicides because it is not eaten by any pests and it grows so quickly that it crowds out all competition hence no need for herbicides. It does need to be fed as it is not a legume, a plant that sequesters it’s own Nitrogen, but for organic farmers making compost is easy. Hemp would be the ideal plant to grow, both for all small scale and large scale farmers who, as a rule, are under severe pressure from all sides. Imagine the industries that could be spawned from a plant that can be used for rope, clothes, food, paper, textiles, plastics, insulation and biofuel.

The Chinese army, the biggest in the world, now uses hemp exclusively for their socks, underwear and t-shirts. Because it yields 4 times the yield of cotton from the same piece of land and the clothing has antibacterial properties. Cotton is a big problem. 4% of the world’s agricultural land is used to produce cotton but it uses 24% of the world’s agricultural chemicals. Pesticides, herbicides etc. All of these ‘cides are not on the side of the farmer or the consumer. They are on the side of the agricultural chemical companies.

Continued petitions to the Minister of Health to unlock the potential of this wonder plant is the best course of action for us.

Angus

27 July 2016

Winter solstice 2016 video. Multispecies pastures on Spier Wine Farm, Stellenbosch

It has now become a habit to film in our pastures on the solstice. Last winter was here and the summer 2015 solstice was here.

I held the camera too far away from my mouth at the beginning of the video, so the sound is too quiet. This is soon remedied, after 12 seconds.

The free choice mineral lick I am referring to is discussed in more detail here.

The egg grading con is discussed here.

All the information on our Eggmobiles is here.

Apologies for the tardiness in getting this video out, technical issues.

Thanks for watching

Angus

15 July 2016

 

 

 

Videos from the grass fed butchery. Lots of Limousin. Some Zulu and super powers.

I am not trying to be smart with that title but if you watch both of these videos you will understand the title. You might not understand what I am saying in the first video so further down the page I mention the three salient points about the Limousin beef which I debone.

The second video (only 13 seconds) is about what is behind every butcher. The big national supermarkets will have you believe, like the fraud of free range eggs where the hens apparently roam on pasture, that behind every butcher is a farmer whereas the sad reality is that for 99% of butchers behind them is a factory manager. Confinement farming operations, which you are banned from visiting on the spurious grounds of biosecurity, are tough places to experience. They stink because of the build up of manure. It matters not whether you go and see cattle, sheep, pigs, laying hens or broiler chickens the listlessness and vacant stares of the animals is unforgettable. Cattle are on a diet that violates their digestive system. 90% of the antibiotics issued in this country go into these supermarket supported factories. Animal manure which has the central role in regenerative agriculture builds up and eventually pollutes the waterways and ensure that you breathe in faecal dust.

All the animal protein needed in this country could be produced off multi species pastures with the biggest area being the sugarcane fields of KZN and Mpumalanga. Imagine no sugar and how that would lead us from being the third most obese country in the world to one of the healthiest. Our meat would also have the Omega 3’s and 6’s in balance and as long as the animals are managed in the Alan Savory inspired high density grazing method we would be sequestering gigatons of Carbon. Here is is how our tiny operation sequesters Carbon. More on how organics can feed the world is here.

If all this beef chat bores you then skip toward the end of the first video where the talking stops.

First the Limousin is the best bull to use for increasing your profitability. Put another way if you keep your expense the same by keeping your cow (who is adapted to your farm) you will increase your income if her calf was sired by a Limousin bull because the calf will be heavier, at weaning, than if sired by a bull of another breed. 85% of Limousin’s have a genetic mutation that causes double the number of muscle fibres. This enables a small calf at birth but a muscled one at weaning time.

Second, I am deboning a forequarter (weighing 105kgs) of a 400kg carcass. Normal confinement/grainfed/feedlot beef carcasses weigh around 250kgs. Limousin is a slow maturing breed which means they take a long time to get fat, but because they have the muscle this does not matter as in the butchery it takes equally long to debone a 250kg or 400kg carcass so your income is obviously greater. Also by the time the Limousin is fat on grass it is 3 to 4 years old which ensures flavour. The confinement beef is less than 12 months old which is why basting of the burgers and all the steak sauces are so important because the beef has no flavour, except that of maize/antibiotics/growth hormones/asthma drugs that it was raised on.

Third the Limousin has the highest dressing out % of any of the beef breeds. % of carcass as that of live weight. This is the most important metric for me, the farmer/butcher. Same effort for more meat.

In my case having an animal on the farm for a long time is no problem as my production costs are very low. The sun grows my cattle feed for free, the sun powers the electric fence behind which they are moved twice a day and I have one labourer for 350 cattle. Compare this to the cost of urea, maize, antibiotics, enzymes, anti acid medication, asthma drugs etc etc

Like all the other videos, this one is unedited and the filming was done by Mbhekiseni who is being trained up to be Spencer’s right hand.

Angus

21 June 2016

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