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Animal Health Notebook

Here's another million reasons we need bugs

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We have long labored under the delusion we are at war with the natural world. It's really not true.
Pests are drawn to simplified and unhealthy plants and animals.


I mentioned a couple weeks back that I and most of my colleagues have spent large parts of our careers declaring war and doing battle with the microbes of the unseen or seldom-seen world.

Gram-positive or -negative bacteria, fungal and viral particles were all bad. Much of the healthcare industry strives to have an impact that dictates we are in control of health and wellness. Certainly this is not true or healthcare professionals and workers would be very long-lived themselves.

If you do not agree take an hour or two and visit your local hospital for a walk thru or go into the cafeteria there and attempt to eat a midday meal.

Check the food out and take a look at the staff members. If they have been hanging around for several years, there will be a large percentage that are shaped like a pear. Their skin will lack elasticity and sheen. Eating there should get you in a serious mode of steering clear of such facilities. Many healthcare givers are highly astute at emergency medicine but health maintenance is not their cup of tea.

A parallel might likely be occurring in much of agriculture. A bunch of producers are capable of and are growing tremendous crops in the yield department. This includes beef and milk, as well as corn, beans, wheat, rice and hay. The trouble is that very little of our production is nutrient-dense and high-quality, and is the result of large expenditures of calories from non-replaceable fossil fuels. When was the last time we thought of our production as having a healing affect on consumers.

The truth is that pests kill our forages and our animals for a reason that might likely be worth viewing and reviewing.

Bugs and organisms of lower life forms tend to affect and invade growth that has incomplete formation of sugars, starches, amino acids, and fats and secondary plant compounds. These are normally plants or animals that are being pushed with water and simple feeds or very incomplete fertilizers. Lack of mineralization is often a common finding. Plant diseases and bugs actually take out forage and crops that are not of high enough quality for higher life forms.

The balance our physiology requires is not what bugs need to thrive.

Most insects do not have a pancreas or liver and cannot live on highly mineralized plants that have highly developed levels of sugars, starches, amino acids and fats. Sugar and fermentation byproducts will take them out. Army worms are an example as they generally invade crops that have been grown in monoculture and heavily fertilized with acidified chemical compounds (NPK fertilizers).

Last year several bermudagrass growers in our area experienced bermudagrass stem maggot infestation that took out at least one of their later cuttings. The critters did not show up at our place even though we have lots of bermudagrass. Since we do not farm for high production bermudagrass, we have fifty or more other plant species in the field. We have lots of tonnage but don’t push the growth with NPK fertilizers. The nutrient formation is more complete and the bugs have to leave us alone. The huge diversity is another key.

Insects are a quality control team to guard the higher life forms against nutrient inferior plant life. Electrical frequencies emitted from plants vary due to mineral, starch, sugar, amino acid and fat content. The impulses are a major part of signaling parasitic macrobes and microbes. Fast growth, stress (harvest, weather, etc.) mineralization, and lack of plant diversity are all important. This is true of other microbes and macrobes.

The bermudagrass stem maggot is produced by a fly that thousands of natural healthy spider webs will take out. It just might be that we have found the real enemy, and he is us.

By the way, 2016 was the first time in history that the life expectancy age for people in the US dropped. I think we now have some of the answers. Better living through chemistry without biology might have been beaten to death.

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