Article #2: Tree Culture—The Ecological Way to Restore the Earth
America is, quite literally, floating out to sea! In many states, two-thirds of the topsoil has been destroyed through overcropping and erosion. Iowa, the foremost corn-growing state, exemplifies this national disaster. Areas of Oklahoma, Arkansas; Missouri, and other states are entirely bereft of topsoil—it’s all gone! Only red clay remains. It is estimated that over 50,000 acres daily of American land is taken out of food production due to housing, mining, and soil exhaustion.
American farmers are exhausting our lands by plowing and subsequent loss of tons of topsoil from every cultivated acre each year. Much land is being exploited by crops (such as wheat, corn, and hay, which are exported or go to animals that are exported from the growing area) that remove much-needed minerals. This practice is fast depleting our greatest wealth—our topsoil. California lands are being lost so fast that many predict it will be a food importing rather than exporting state by 1990 to 2000. Its loss of land is frightful.
Tree culture, on the other hand, restores and builds up the soil. Most of the world’s soil wealth was built
on forest floors. About one inch of topsoil is added to a forest floor every 400 years. What nature built in 400 years, America’s exploitative agriculture destroys in a single year!
Rebuilding America’s soils is a number one priority. It is a herculean task, but it can be done. Restoration and maintenance can be accomplished scientifically by adding minerals as needed to give soil balance and then tree culture to maintain and enhance fertility.
Trees can build soil fertility while at the same time yielding tremendous quantities of fruit! A meat and grain agriculture destroys our topsoil wholesale. Its product is food that is pathogenic in the human dietary, while our frugivorous physiological disposition is excellently served by fruit. The former generates human fodder for our $300 billion annual disease industry, while the latter—fruits —form the dietary basis for healthful, sickness-free living! When fruits are removed from the growing area, about 1% of the fruit represents minerals that must be replaced. Hence the export from an acre of soil of 10 tons of persimmons annually means about 200 pounds of minerals across the spectrum must be replaced. Ten tons of fruit will command a gross of about $8-10,000, and the cost of organically replacing 200 pounds of minerals, including trace elements is a mere $25-40.
The product yielded by fruit is astronomical compared with the grain and meat economy. It takes about four acres to produce a single beef animal over a period of two years. The “food” resulting therefrom on an annual basis per acre is about 75-100 pounds. This compares with 20,000 pounds or more of fruit. One destroys the soil, while the other builds it. One furnishes pathogenic fare, while the other is most healthful. One represents a suicidal course, while the other is the basis for the good life.
You can be instrumental in helping put America on the right ecological/humane track. The investment is small. You realize colossal increments, and the result is bountiful for America’s health, too!
- 1. The Benefits Of Biological Orcharding
- 2. Establishing An Orchard
- 3. Choosing Trees
- 4. Pollination Of Trees
- 5. Preparing A Site
- 6. Planting Trees
- 7. Mulching
- 8. Orchard Fertility
- 9. Pest And Disease Control
- 10. Pruning
- 11. Thinning Fruit
- 12. A Grove Of Trees To Live In
- 13. Questions & Answers
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