Soil Health Is Everything

September 26th, 2013 by Graeme Sait

soilhealth1A few weeks back, while having my hair cut at a local salon, I was asked about my profession. I said that I taught farmers around the world how to grow with less need for chemicals. I explained that I was constantly researching the links between soil health and human health, with an emphasis upon the importance of nutrient-dense food. The hairdresser responded, “what has the soil got to do with food?” Oh my goodness! Where do I start? (more…)

The Q Fly Menace Grows – How to Counter this Pest

September 26th, 2013 by Graeme Sait

qflyOne news item from several weeks ago went largely unnoticed. This was the news that QLD fruit destined for Victoria, no longer needed to be dipped in insecticide to ensure that it was free of Queensland Fruit Fly. This is good news for southern consumers because the chemical, dimethoate, is not something you would choose to feed your family. In fact, it has been recently banned as a cover spray in many crops. However, the message that was not conveyed too loudly, is the fact that this destructive pest is now firmly ensconced in much of NSW and Victoria. It is timely to consider alternative control options (more…)

Vietnamese Company Treasures Farmers

September 26th, 2013 by Graeme Sait

vietnamDuring the last week of August, I visited Vietnam for negotiations with a large agricultural company in that country. They had trialled some NTS products with very good results and they were interested in becoming our exclusive distributors in that region. It was my first visit to a country which has historically suffered more than most, from a variety of foreign oppressors. Our hosts were both gracious and generous as we toured the country to view some of their multiple enterprises. As the week progressed, it soon became obvious that we were dealing with something quite extraordinary. (more…)

Graeme Sait at TEDx – Humus Saves The World

May 22nd, 2013 by Graeme Sait

I chose to speak about an issue of unparalleled importance at this point in time – the role of farmers in literally saving the planet. The presentation called ‘Humus Saves The World’, offers a range of proactive strategies that allows everyone the opportunity to replace apathy with action in this most important of issues.

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Humus Saves the World

April 29th, 2013 by Graeme Sait

planetFollowing my recent address to a crowd of climate change activists on the steps of City Hall in LA, I was flooded with urgent enquiries about the spelling of a word I had used several times during my presentation. I immediately assumed that word was “mycorrhizal”, as this truly is a spelling bee special. To my amazement, the mystery word was “humus” and I was shocked to realise that my uncommon passion for this wonderful substance was just that. It was horrifying to realise how disconnected from the source of our food many of us have become. I was dumbstruck to think that the very life blood of our planet could remain anonymous. (more…)

Trace Mineral Magic – Shuttle Seven™

April 29th, 2013 by Graeme Sait

leafTrace minerals were once genuinely considered as “minor” minerals because their measurable presence in the plant was so minute. However, these minerals are now recognised as spark plugs that trigger numerous plant processes and their absence can be as costly as the lack of any of the major minerals. We have conducted thousands of tissue tests from around the globe and trace mineral deficiencies are universal. A high analysis blend of all seven chelated trace minerals has a huge role to play in all growing enterprises. (more…)

Paradigm Shifts – Witnessing the Evolution of a New Agriculture

April 29th, 2013 by Graeme Sait

sunrisenewThese past months, in my travels around the globe, I have witnessed an increased hunger for change, where food producers are reconsidering their impact upon soil, plant, animal, human and planetary health. Food production has always been the single most important profession and now farmers seem to be increasingly recognising the importance of their role and the far reaching implications of their decisions. In this article, I will consider some of the key factors driving this change. (more…)

Australian Biological Company Improves South African Health

February 22nd, 2013 by Graeme Sait

Imagine a supermarket chain, comprising over 300 stores, offering fresh produce grown with cutting edge technology to ensure maximum shelf-life and superb flavours. This same nutrient-dense food would also contain higher levels of the antioxidants and the phytonutrients that determine the medicinal value of food. Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine made the statement, “let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food” but we have largely ignored his directive in the pursuit of cheap food produced by an extractive, industrial agricultural system with little regard for nutrition. (more…)

Australians Help African Island

February 22nd, 2013 by Graeme Sait

Mauritius is a sugar cane-draped, island nation off the coast of Africa, suffering from a modern malaise. The 45,000 small producers who grow the fresh produce for the 1.4 million inhabitants of the island are using more acid/salt fertilisers each season and applying more farm chemicals each year, with less and less response. This mirrors the global unsustainability of conventional agriculture, where more chemicals are used every year but every year there is an actual increase in pest and disease pressure. (more…)

An Integrated Program for Crop Resilience

February 22nd, 2013 by Graeme Sait

During my recent visit to New Zealand, I encountered a frightening scenario where the entire Kiwifruit industry was seriously impacted by a virulent bacterial pathogen not unlike the citrus canker that threatened the Australian citrus industry a few years ago. I offered my help based upon almost twenty years of problem solving experience in diverse crops around the globe. In the process of developing an integrated program for this industry I realised that the principles are relevant to all crops and should be shared with our ‘Nutrition Matters” readers. (more…)