[Fwd: organic gardening mag]
- Anyone got any useful ideas on this:
Ang <ang@...> wrote:
I subscribe to the Organic Gardening Magazine and was surprised to
article in the latest edition claiming that it is not possible to farm
organically without the use of animal manures - leading the author to
conclude that being veggie (he states that being vegan strikes him as
"unnatural"! - I already have plenty of ammunition to answer that one)
and organic isn't truly possible. He claims it not possible to provide
enough nitrogen without animal manure and urine.
I intend to reply to the article and am looking for a bit of info. You
may feel moved to write to the mag yourselves.
I garden on a small scale both vegan and organically - but realise that
farming on a much bigger scale would be quite a different matter.
Am I correct in thinking that PFAF is both vegan and organic?
If so I'm sure you'll be able to answer the question of how to provide a
plentiful supply of non-animal nitrogen?
Thanks for your help in this matter.
Plants for a Future: 7000 useful plants
Web: http://www.pfaf.org/ same as http://www.comp.leeds.ac.uk/pfaf/
Post: 1 Lerryn View, Lerryn, Lostwithiel, Cornwall, PL22 0QJ
Tel: 01208 872 963 / 0845 458 4719
PFAF electronic mailing list http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pfaf
> conclude that being veggie ... and organic isn't truly possible. HeWell, obvious first point is that vegan-organic _doesn't_ mean
> claims it not possible to provide enough nitrogen without animal
> manure and urine.
growing without animal manure and urine! It means _not exploiting
domesticated animals_ for their nitrogen - of course, the animals in
the wild, part of the thriving ecology, will provide their manure and
urine as part of their natural life cycles.
The other obvious point is that animals don't fix nitrogen -
bacteria fix nitrogen! There are a wide range of plants which grow
symbiotically with such bacteria, of course.
Have you been in contact with the Vegan-Organic Network about
this article and topic? See www.veganorganic.net when the web-page is
I look forward to reading your letter!