In my first decade of gardening, I thought I needed every soil amendment I heard about. You name it. I needed it. Blood meal and bone meal were on the list.
Finally after about a decade, I came to my senses and realized that I didn’t need all that stuff. All I needed to do was add organic materials that decayed and became organic matter.
Also, adding blood meal and bone meal or any other product to the soil without really knowing whether you need it or not is courting trouble. Nature loves perfect balance. Too much or too little and you’ll get poor results.
(I add the organic material and let nature balance the scales for me. I like keeping it simple. And it’s just not necessary to make it complicated unless you want to.)
But there is another reason that I would not use any meals made from animal carcasses.
Here’s the Reason
It never ceases to amaze me what is considered perfectly normal by the conventional meat industry. Take for example, feeding cattle other ground up cattle.
Oh wait – that’s not right anymore. The USDA came to the rescue and banned cows being fed to other cows in 1997 in the hopes it would stop Mad Cow Disease (Bovine spongiform encephalopathy – BSE for short).
Cows are now fed other ground up animals like hogs. Aren’t you relieved?
Supplementing a Cows Diet?!!!?
One article I read said, “Yes, cattle are grazing creatures, but their diets may be supplemented with protein from another animal source.”
I would like to wager that in all the centuries before “modern” man came up with this perverted way to save money and dispose of an excess, that you would NEVER see cows eating other animals. Their digestive system is designed to digest grass. Nutritionally speaking cows can get all they need from grazing as nature intended.
That would seem like a no-brainer to me.
What Causes Mad Cow Disease
Mad Cow Disease is caused by a non-living protein called a prion. When cows ingest other cows or other cud-chewing animals that have the prion they can get the disease. When humans ingest animals that have this prion, they can get a human version of the disease.
As it turns out, when animals with the prion are ground up in the feed mills, it is difficult to clean the prion off the equipment. So when they grind up hogs to feed to cows, the prion could still be on the equipment and transferred to the meat.
Of course, if you read information that you can follow back to government or the meat industry, it will assure you that your chances are slim to none for ingesting one of these prions.
And I’m sure they would say that chances of getting it from bone meal or blood meal are even less.
(Just for the record, I wouldn’t want to take the chance even if the odds were 1 in a million.)
If cows eat only grass as they should, they will NEVER get Mad Cow Disease.
Since I don’t buy the products of the conventional meat industry, I won’t have to concern myself about even a remote possibility of getting the human version of the disease.
Decisions Made Easy – Compliments of Nature
Nature has a great track record for being correct. If we follow her example, it sure makes life and decisions a lot easier.
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