[permaculture] How to keep molds etc. out of the air? (PC meets MCS)
keithdj at mindspring.com
Wed Jul 6 17:23:53 EDT 2005
Hey y'all. Please reply to judyeda at ecovillage.ithaca.ny.us if
you have some suggestions to solve her dilemma. The only solution I
thought of was to insure that the homes of the folks in question receive
an extremely well-filtered air supply. For the outdoors, a mask that
would filter out mold spores may exist but I haven't heard of one. Aside
from air filtration, I'd try detox of heavy metals, multi-gram doses of
vit C, and maybe homeopathic doses of the allergens responsible. A quick
search brought up a page that offers help for the causes of the
condition at http://www.thiscureworks.com/allergies/index.html also
Judy Eda wrote:
> I am writing every permaculture teacher / designer whose name and
> writings I know, seeking answers or at least better insight into a
> question that has recently stymied our young ecovillage neighborhood:
> How can we build soil and grow food (our site has compacted,
> stressed soils from past longtime farming; rocky clay used to be
> . . . while at the same time keeping molds and other soil
> organisms out of the air?
> The "clean air" requirement is necessary to protect the health and
> well-being of three residents who have severe Multiple Chemical
> Sensitivity (MCS). One of them also has Lupus, which has been badly
> aggravated by molds coming from piles of straw, airborne soil
> particles stirred up during digging of beds, gases and molds released
> when we turn our compost piles, and so forth.
> Every soil-building technique we know (composting, mulching -- what
> else?) seems to have this drawback. I've researched Emilia Hazelip's
> methods in particular but still worry that molds growing on the
> mulching materials will contaminate the air too much.
> Suggestions? observations? We have yet to discover the opportunity
> hidden in this apparent logjam.
> Many thanks for reading this.
> -- Judy Eda
> SONG neighborhood, EcoVillage at Ithaca, New York
Permaculture Activist Magazine
PO Box 1209
Black Mountain, NC 28711
also Patterns for Abundance Design & Consulting
Culture's Edge at Earthaven Ecovillage
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