For those of you who have read books such as Science in Agriculture, is it true that high-brix plants will not get attacked by pests? It seems to me that a plant that is high-brix will simply be tastier.
Emerson White wrote:
Correlation is not causation. Depending on how they were studied it could be that plants that do not get attacked by pests will end up with higher brix.
A soil with ample concentrations of minerals & trace minerals will also produce a healthier plant, and a higher Brix. Have you ever noticed that the insects attack the weakest plant in the garden? A sick plant emits an Electrical Magnetic Field (EMF) which is different than that of a healthy plant. Insects zero in on that EMF when seeking food. Think of it as Mother Nature's way of culling the weakest plants. If weak plants are destroyed, the gene pool is improved. Survival of the fittest.
Chelle Lewis wrote:
In 1985 plant pathologist Francis Chaboussou published a book called "Healthy Plants, A New Agricultural
Revolution" in which he discussed how a pest starves on a healthy plant.... the Trophobiosis Theory
Essentially this theory is that pests will shun a healthy plant......our modern pesticides weaken plants.... these weakened plants invite pests and disease......hence pesticides encourage pest attack and disease susceptibility, further inducing a cycle of increased pesticide use.
Emerson White wrote:
It may be worth noting that superaccumulators are weaker, less vigorous plants as a rule when compared to their non-accumulator cousins, and they tend to have less predation. This bucks the trend mentioned in the work of Francis Chaboussou.
I think the story is a bit more complicated and a bit more simple than that. Pesticides are involved yes, in that they allow weakened or susceptible plants and varieties to survive and thrive in situations and against pests and diseases that they otherwise wouldn't, but other factors, such as the heavy use of chemical fertilizers, imbalance of nutrients, breeding and less vigorous varieties being developed, cultivated, and favored, and monomaniacal focus on yields, monoculture, inbreeding/cloning, etc. play large roles to increase susceptibility, lack of vigor or hardiness, and adaptability.
From my past work, I became familiar with some plant protective chemicals like resveratrol, tannins, and certain antioxidants and vitamins. Resveratrol, for example, commonly found in grapes, is an anti-fungal (and interestingly enough, an anti-cancer agent). However, different varietals of grapes have and express different levels and concentrations of resveratrol under different circumstances and growing conditions, fertilizers and soils, stress, etc. It's highly modifiable and variable.
I believe it. We have a local supplier like that. When I buy there the produce lasts longer.... the taste is a little better... so a way to go still. I want so local it comes from my own garden. That tastes best.
Also heard a story about a guy who provides certain produce to a store who has super high brix on this produce. The store sells the produce under their own brand. When his produce hits their shelves, the store sells over twice as much of it till they get to the next supplier.
I was told by multiple people, the higher the brix, (and they mean leaf, stalk, produce) the better tasting and the longer the shelf life. I could argue with them, but hearing it come from 3, 4, 5+ people and then from individual growers and other stories, why argue?
Reminds me of Dr Albert Howard... developer of the famous Indore Method of composting in India who abandoned the restrictions of increasing overspecialization in conventional agricultural science because he was becoming a hermit in his laboratory "learning more and more about less and less" and instead set out to be among the people and put what he had learned to work... learning how to grow a healthy crop in typical conditions in the field, rather than the usual untypical conditions in laboratories and test-plots that represented nothing other than themselves.
Anyhow, the more I read and learn on this stuff, the less I want to do. Funny how that was my goal starting out and now I just figure out better and better ways at doing less and less to get more. Guess the saying less is more is a good one.
I have come to the same conclusion... as an interesting side note the story of Luigi Cornaro who learned how to live to 100 ... http://drbass.com/cornaro.html
Nutrient Dense is something that is used to refer to high brix produce. Probably one of the best ways to increase your quantity and quality of life is to eat fewer calories while getting the same amount of nutrients. Nutrient dense food is what you need to do it.
I have found a kelp mix in water to be a marvellous boost to indoor plant health. I am interested to see if Moringa could not have the same benefits.
On that, anyone tried any of the sea salt or sea mineral foliar sprays?
Chelle Lewis wrote:
I can't agree. I think it affirms it. Super accumulators are indiscriminate in there accumulation. Certain heavy metals would weaken a plant. You would need to prove to me that super accumulators in a quality environment are also weaker for your rule to apply.
You know it is dark times when the trees riot. I think this tiny ad is their leader:
September-October Homestead Skills Jamboree 2019https://permies.com/wiki/118704/permaculture-projects/September-October-Homestead-Skills-Jamboree