Jeane Manning: Life-Enhancing Agriculture

Review by Jeane Manning 


A review of the agriculture section of the book Living Energies: Viktor Schauberger's Brilliant Work With Natural Energy Explained, by Callum Coats.

The double legacy of big agribusiness (factory farming) is chemically-fried soil that sloughs off into rivers and oceans with a load of pesticides, and consumers whose health is also going down the drain. And the good news? The better methods of farming (biological agriculture) are also the cost-effective methods, according to many researchers and experimenters, including a British researcher who lives in Australia - Callum Coats. After nearly two decades of research, he wrote the fascinating book Living Energies, which includes a section on " biological agriculture."

Living Energies focuses on the concepts of Viktor Schauberger (1885 - 1958). Schauberger was an Austrian genius who began his study of nature's motions while he working as a forester observing pristine ecosystems. His later inventions harnessed nature's simplicity for a variety of technologies:

  • water purification,
  • river and flood management,
  • soil fertility,
  • propulsion, and even
  • home power generation ("free energy").

An increasing number of today's scientists are acknowledging that his apparently radical concepts are actually quite brilliant. Schauberger's motto of "comprehend and copy nature" points our way out of the insanely destructive technologies of the 20th-century.

Just one example of the results of destructive technology mentioned in Coats' book is the loss of topsoil. Ever since the first metal plow sliced through it, the living skin of Earth (topsoil) has been turning to powder and blowing in the wind. Today's massive machinery has accelerated the loss. There are, however, methods for rebuilding a healthy, crumbly, juicy soil that will at the same time produce vitalized (and tasty) food.

Callum Coats cites a spectrum of Schauberger's improvements to agriculture, and also touches on the work of other researchers such as John Hamaker, who wrote a book called the Survival of Civilization with Don Weaver. Hamaker is an engineer who pioneered soil remineralization with rockdust. This has nothing to do with chemical fertilizers. Instead, igneous rocks which contain a broad range of minerals are crushed into finely ground dust through a relatively cold process. As Schauberger often pointed out, hot processes dissipate energies, but certain cold processes can actually enhance energy in a substance. Quality rather than quantity is crucial; the energetic effect enhances life processes that build soil. For example, one man who used a light dusting of rockdust for a decade increased the depth of his topsoil from four inches to about four feet.

By the way, the books of Dr. Phillip Callahan also explain the need for rock dust to help give plants and forests an energetic environment. He talks in terms of "paramagnetism."

In the agriculture section of Callum Coats' book, meanwhile, Rudolf Steiner's method for drawing subtle energies into the soil is discussed. Steiner's "biodynamic" farming uses the forces which Steiner called "heaven" and "earth." It does get earthy - cow horns filled with cow dung are buried in autumn to allow a period of cold fermentation. (Viktor Schauberger wrote about this process and said it was important the materials be cold fermented and not hot fermented.) During the few months that the cowhorns are buried, their contents are changed into a sweet smelling substance! Afterwards, part of this substance is mixed with water using a certain method of stirring. By stirring first one way and then reversing the motion, vortexes are created in one direction, broken and then created in another direction.

Coats compares this mixing process with the Japanese art of sword making, in the sense that you create first order and then chaos and then order again. The sword is first put into the fire - the chaotic stage - and then is beaten, putting structure back into the metal. Then it is put back into the fire again, folded over, and bent. Every time the process is repeated, the state of disorder gets lower and lower and the state of order gets higher and higher. The end result is a very highly structured product, which compares to biodynamics' end result of a very energetic product.

The energized material is then spread lightly over the farmers' fields. Since the fields receive an energy dose in which the material quantity is very small but the energetic quantity is very high, it is what could be called a homeopathic dose. "It apparently has a reaction out of all proportion to what is placed there," Callum Coats said on a 1996 radio interview with Laura Lee.

During his research, Coats learned that Viktor Schauberger went further than Steiner and developed soil building systems in which cowhorns are not needed. "You don't need to have any animal input at all, in order to create what (Schauberger) called a 'virgin hymen' over the surface of the earth...that very fertile, fecund energy matrix through which plants would germinate much more simply and thrive more vigorously and produce much higher quality product."

Laura Lee said she sees hope for the future if we can learn how to revitalize soil and the environment by applying some of these techniques.

Coats noted that we have always been told that we don't have enough food for the world's population. "But if you have a very high quality food, then you don't need to eat so much of it. So perhaps we actually have room on this planet of ours for double the population. The only problem is that we're growing food the wrong way, and we're putting the emphasis on quantity rather than quality."

The interview went on to talk about Schaubaerger's free energy devices and his World War II vintage "flying saucers," after the radio host acknowledged that Schauberger's greatest contribution was in knowledge that could protect our environment. Even when dealing with propulsion, Schauberger's perspective was different than the technological worldview that predominates in the 20th century. As Callum Coats pointed out, Schauberger always saw any manifestation of energy to be the interaction of two opposing energies. Overunity (more output than input) energy, or flight, arose when the "female aspect" (the cooling, inward-spiralling, levitating force) predominated.

To generate power, what Schauberger called the biomagnetic force would have to predominate in a machine. Schauberger believed that the electrical forces in nature were the forces responsible for decomposition. Nature uses both the biomagnetic and the electrical forces. In Schauberger's flying saucers he used centripetal force - inward moving creative energies instead of the dissipating destructive forces used predominately in 20th- century technology.

Schaubergers research also revealed that the natural world uses the egg shape for good reasons. Human technology today, on the other hand, surrounds us with straight lines and corners. (Callum Coats speculates that these choices of surroundings can somehow affect our way of thinking; we may experience life more harmoniously if, for example, we lived in, and perhaps listened to music in, egg-shaped dwellings.) This brings us back to agriculture and the benefits of egg-shaped compost containers. Everyone knows about the need for composting - the need to build up the soil's micro-organic life by adding humus such as decomposed leaves. What do micro-organisms do? They change inorganic materials such as rock into organic material. You need a profusion of the microscopic critters to provide a large energy base for the growth of plants.

The book, Living Energies, gives a detailed description of how to build an egg-shaped compost heap for maximum energizing of the materials inside it. This is only one of many practical - we can certainly say "down-to-earth" - topics covered in Coats' book. It should be a required textbook for environmental science courses. Unfortunately for our world, the concepts of subtle energies are not yet accepted by those who decree what textbooks are studied in our universities. Let's do what we can to change that situation! Callum Coats has shown us the way - research, experimentation, and then communication with others.

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