Saturday, 21 January 2012

Feed the Plants Iodine Water-Method tackles IDD in China via Fertilization and Irrigation ("Fertigation")- Points to BioLargo Role with Isan System

"Feed Plants Iodine Water - Sometimes the best ideas are the most simple ones" Dennis Calvert- BioLargo, Inc

BioLargo's Isan system has been honored as a Top 50 Water Technology by the Artemis Project and has been referred to as one of the most significant advancements in food safety in the past 20 years for its ability to deliver traceable and reliable results for sanitizing fruits and vegetables in a post harvest wash application. It also has been successfully deployed to sanitize water used in irrigation and hydroponics. It has been commercialized over the past seven years in Australia and New Zealand. The Isan System provides automated and precision dosing and tracking (traceability) for iodine into water. It even has the ability to remove the iodine for certain industrial applications where needed. The basic idea is so simple, as evidenced by this article below the concept of "Feed the Plant Iodine Water" - Fertilizer, Disinfection and Nutrition all in one all natural and essential nutrient delivered in an automated precise way. The simple idea using this natural element -Iodine - to deliver safer food, promote longer shelf-life, for growing healthier plants, using cleaner water and all the while, delivering better nutrition. Well.. that's why we call it "Nature's Best Solution". This article below illustrates another great example of the opportunity ahead for BioLargo as we march forward to help people, the environment and develop sustainable business. It is important? You bet it is, a report by the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, as reported by the International Fertilizer Industry Association, states that eliminating micronutrient deficiencies could improve GDP by more than 5%, enhance intellectual capacity of populations by more than 10%, enhance worker productivity by 30 to 70% and reduce maternal deaths by up to 50%(abstract here). Our goal at BioLargo is to improve the quality of life for people worldwide. It is a big world, we better get busy!

This is a great article and we hope you enjoy it.

Dennis Calvert- President & CEO of BioLargo, Inc.

Fighting Iodine Deficiencies in China through Fertilizer and Irrigation

Posted on February 3, 2011

Iodine is an essential micronutrient to sustain human and animal health, yet it is one of the most common micronutrient deficiencies in malnutrition. Globally it is estimated that 2.2 billion people in the world are at a risk of iodine deficiency. Iodine deficiencies can cause a wide range of physiological abnormalities (Iodine Deficiency Disorders), mainly related to defective mental development and brain damage.

china girlsThe content of iodine in food depends on the iodine content of the soils in which crops are grown. In the Western diet, the most common source of iodine is iodized salt however, in certain countries, iodization of salt is inefficient due to infrastructure or cultural problems. Moreover, iodized salt does not reach the root cause of iodine deficiency. People at risk from iodine deficiency are often the poorest populations living on subsistence agriculture and in an environment that is unable to provide the correct mineral balance.

In Xinjiang Province, in the North West of China, the soil is particularly poor in iodine with an associated high infant-mortality rate. In 1997, the Xinjiang Uiger Autonomous Region Health Bureau, with the support of the Thrasher Foundation, the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr Foundation, Kiwanis International and UNICEF, launched the Iodine Dripping Project (XIDP). This project aimed at supplying the water irrigation system with iodine using an iodine fertilizer dripping technique, called fertigation. With this technique, the iodine from the treated water is absorbed by the soil and progresses through plants and animals that eat the iodine-rich plants. At the top of the food chain, people eat these iodine–rich foods therefore increasing their iodine levels.

The iodine fertilizer dripping project has revealed unprecedented results. Not only did the iodine levels in women and children rose, halving the rates of infant mortality and improving children’s intelligence quotient, but also local livestock production increased by 40% in the first year. The livestock production increase contributed to raise the average family income by 5% annually.

The iodine dripping project in Xinjiang has also revealed that a single dripping can provide enough iodine for at least six years.

This experience demonstrates that micronutrient fertilizers can provide an efficient and cost-effective solution to malnutrition while improving the social and economical conditions of people in developing countries.

** The photo's below were taken at farms that use the Isan System for Fertigation & Post Harvest Sanitation-

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