An alternative to Monsanto?
One of the biggest baddest bogeymen of environmentalists may be about to bite the dust. No I don’t mean BP, much as some would wish it, and nor do I mean all the burger munching junkies whose dependence on flatulent cows is pushing climate change over the edge.
I’m talking about Monsanto, creator of the super weed and screwer of every last cent out of the poor and malnourished. Sadly though, they’ve always had a point: if we could somehow boost agricultural yields it would halt escalating food prices, lift millions out of poverty and “eradicate” (but use the word advisedly) starvation.
50%? Pffft .. child’s play! For up has popped Ali Zum Mazhar and his revolutionary natural fertilizer, which trials show can increase yields by between 200 and 350%. Yeah.. stick that in your combine harvester and smoke it you gene-splicing, poison spreading goblins!
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Back in 2000, Mazhar was researching his doctorate in the forests of Indonesia when he came across some soil microbes which caught his eye. After years of research he came up with a now patented process called bio-perforation, which translates the microbes into a liquid form.
Once in this form the microbes are called “Bio P 2000 Z” and can be used as a naturally biodegradable fertiliser. Farming trials in Indonesia have produced yields of up to 300% and showed the fertiliser can return previously infertile areas to agricultural use.
This last has caught the eye of the international agrarian community and Mazhar is currently working on a project to convert desert in Bahrain into farmland. This should take six months, he believes, by the end of which the first plants and trees should be growing.</em>
Let’s keep an eye on this.