[permaculture] Fwd: Re: [SANET-MG] Preventing Contaminants in Home Compost Piles

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lflj at bellsouth.net
Wed Jun 6 17:32:59 EDT 2012

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Subject: Re: [SANET-MG] Preventing Contaminants in Home Compost Piles
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2012 19:13:00 +0100
From: West Hill Farm <info at WESTHILLFARM.ORG>

Hello All,

I've been lucky enough to have just completed two courses with Paul
Stamets of Fungi Perfecti, Olympia WA, and he has written an article in
the SOMA newsletter on using fungi to hyperaccumulate metals, esp
caesium 127,  and then convert soluble, bio-available compounds into
insoluble oxylates. (The Nuclear Forest Recovery Zone)  Link here:
http://www.somamushrooms.org/news/23/somanews23_8.pdf (go to Page 6.)
His website (www.fungi.com)  also has very relevant info on
mycogardening and mycorrhizeae to promote healthy garden and field crops.

With the current concerns in the US over the Spent Fuel Pool of Reactor
4 at Fukishima, using natural bioremediation methods may yet find favour
with the authorities.

Now back in the UK finding mushrooms in very unexpected places, doing
very important jobs!

Good to see SANET back in action offering practical advice and solving

Susi Batstone
West Hill Farm,
West Down,
N Devon
EX34 8NF

On 06/06/2012 18:15, Garth & Kim Travis wrote:
> Greetings,
> As I understand it, compost is used to clean up radioactive fallout
> from nuclear power plants.  Add some mushroom spores if you are
> worried, they do a great job of reclaiming the soil.
> Bright Blessings,
> Garth & Kim Travis
> www.TheRoseColoredForest.com
> Bedias, Texas
> On 6/6/2012 11:52 AM, Michael Astera wrote:
>> The compost contaminant that I am most concerned with at present is
>> radioactive fallout from the Fukushima nuke plant; this is ongoing,
>> and so
>> far not decreasing; there is a constant flow of radioactive pollution
>> into
>> the North Pacific Ocean, and constant rainout of radioactive
>> particles from
>> the upper troposphere in the N hemisphere.
>> Radioactive Strontium and Cesium are particular concerns.  Plants will
>> readily take up Cesium in place of Potassium, and Strontium in place of
>> Calcium from the soil.  As these contaminants are falling in rain as
>> well
>> as settling out from still air, they are going to be landing on the soil
>> surface and the plant leaves.
>> How wise is it at present to rake up leaves and compost them, or till in
>> mulch that has been exposed over the past year to radioactive fallout?
>> Michael A
>> http://soilminerals.com
>> On Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 9:28 AM, Jason Wind<jasonw at networx.com>  wrote:
>>> Hi Everyone,
>>> Sean McGovern recommended that I post an article that was featured
>>> on our
>>> website about preventing contaminants in home compost piles.
>>> You can read the article here:
>>> http://www.networx.com/article/preventing-contaminants-in-home-compost
>>> Enjoy the article!
>>> Jason Wind

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