[NAFEX] Re: agrigel
markl at nytec.com
Thu Jan 15 11:27:02 EST 2004
The corn based product is called Driwater. Unlike Agri-Gel and other
polyacrylamide based products, starch based polymers are designed to release
water as they are degraded by soil bateria. They are purchased with all the
water capacity they will have. The polymer gels in contrast last for years
and function more like a sponge. There is a quart sized container of
Driwater that will release water over 90 days. One quart doesn't seem like
much water, but the government in Egypt is using Driwater to establish trees
in the desert. Over million trees have been planted in the Sahara Desert
thanks to this technology.
Last summer my Seattle garden was like a desert. Driwater seems promising
for getting my trees through the summer.
-Mark Lee, Seattle zone 7B/8A
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Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2004 9:46 PM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Re: agrigel
I think corn-based products are not allowed for organic production
unless the corn is organic. I have no idea what else might be in the
On Jan 13, 2004, at 9:46 AM, road's end farm wrote:
> On Tuesday, January 13, 2004, at 09:33 AM, Mark_Bugaieski at rlicorp.com
>> This product was originally developed right here in Peoria, IL at the
>> Ag Lab. It was corn-based and completely safe (even edible). I
>> don't know
>> if I'd trust what Pampers may have added to it. I do know some
>> nurseries use it as a slurry to dip roots into as they plant; but I've
>> never seen efficacy studies.
> Fedco says it's "not allowed" for organic production. So there's
> probably something in it besides corn; though it may not be anything
> that's a problem for any reasons other than organic certification
> procedures. I believe that some things wound up "not allowed" just
> because the producer didn't want to go through the USDA process.
> Finger Lakes NY; zone 5 mostly
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