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ALGAE triples in volume every day
         (unlike corn / 1 crop per year)
ALGAE converts CO2 to O2
ALGAE - some over 50% Oil

converts easily to Bio-Fuel

The Original...
Ponds" Project

Note: Special Thanks to Linda Grover and book "August Celebration" for much of the information on this page. And Thanks to Daryl Kollman for discovering the power in the algae and creating the brilliant ideas for saving our planet! "WE ARE THE PIVOTAL GENERATION!"

Algae Ponds all over the world could reverse the greenhouse effect. "We lost our window of opportunity to reverse the greenhouse effect with trees back in the seventies," according to Daryl Kollman, Founder of Cell Tech, now called Simplexity (Blue-Green Algae Company located at Klamath Lake, OR). Daryl explains that algae multiplies so quickly and produces so much oxygen per square foot that ponds with a total surface area five times the size of Colorado would be enough to start to reverse our growing CO2 problem. Scientists say it was blue-green algae that rescued us from the first greenhouse effect about 3 1/2 billion years ago.

These are the crucial pivotal years. As Daryl often say, borrowing  the Dalai Lama's words, "We are the pivotal generation." Daryl continues, "Over the past 2000 years, it took 1900 years for the world's population to double from 600 million to 1.2 billion. It took only 55 years for it to double again, then just 30 years to double once more. That's a rate of growth that is not sustainable. This is one of the reasons we're the pivotal generation. It seem likely the fate of our civilization will depend upon grass-roots action by partnership-minded groups."

"And when you look at the carbon dioxide concentration, it was at 290 parts per million 10,000 years ago. That figure was constant up to 1900, then it went from 290 to 295, then to 320, then 350. That's not sustainable either. There are 200 billion extra tons of carbon dioxide between sea level and 15,000 feet, and it's increasing so rapidly that it's drastically changing our weather. We're faced with these two challenges. A population that's going through the roof and a carbon dioxide concentration that's doing much the same thing. These, in my opinion, are the two main issues facing the pivotal generation."

There's also an increasing disparity between the very rich and very poor. In 1940, ten percent of the people controlled 40 percent of the wealth in this country. In 1990, one percent of the people controlled 40 percent of the wealth. We have an enormous number of poor people on the planet, and that's growing on the same curve as population and carbon dioxide. It's going to take incredible wealth to turn things around -- it will take 500,000 square miles of algae ponds just to start reducing the carbon dioxide. We have the wisdom and technology; we just have to choose to do something. To extend the window of opportunity so that our children have one as well, we must make a commitment."

There is an almost limitless business opportunity in the algae pond project, according to Daryl's son Joe Kollman. Joe explains, the plan is for farmers all over the world to maintain small algae ponds in every field, using the algae as a food source and plowing the remainder into the earth to enhance the nutritional value of their crops. Thus we could reduce our dangerous carbon dioxide levels while revitalizing our soil and improving the nutritional quality of our food.

Blue-Green Algae

There are over 30,000 species of algae, 6000 are classified blue-green. Blue-green is the oldest form of algae. It's said to have been the first organism on Earth to photosynthesize (use the energy of the sun to make food for itself). Blue-green algae is what scientists search for first when they're looking for life on other planets because blue-green algae is what gets the whole process started. One inch of sediment from volcanoes on the bottom of Klamath Lake (it's 35 feet) is enough to keep the Klamath Lake blue-green algae blooming for over 60 years..

It quietly processes the CO2 we use and then gives us back pure oxygen, plus a myriad of complex bio-chemical nutrients. According to Kollman, algae today provides some 90% of the Earth's oxygen while trees and all the other plants provide the other 10 percent. Algae represents 70% of the biomass on the planet and some algae can double or triple in volume several times a day.

Blue-green algae tests our for huge amounts of vitamin B12, beta carotene and all the chlorophyll (cleans the blood) you could possibly get in any food. It's high in protein and the amino acids in the protein are in almost the same exact proportion as what's ideal for people. Plus dozens of minerals and trace elements that we need because our topsoil is so depleted.

Topsoil and Nutrition

In 1948 you could buy spinach that had 158 milligrams of iron per hundred grams. But by 1965 the maximum iron they could find had dropped to 27 milligrams. In 1973 it was averaging 2.2 (that's from over 150 to less than 3). That means you'd have to eat 75 bowls of spinach to get the same amount of iron that one bowl might have given you back in 1948.

Then there's cobalt. We need cobalt to process B12 (without B12 red blood vessels get weak) and yet many vegetables that used to have cobalt are testing out at zero cobalt.

There's some 60-some elements that have been found in plant tissue, and we're putting back 4 in most fertilizers (potassium, calcium, nitrogen, and phosphates). So food grows empty of value. Even organic fertilizer comes from animals fed from depleted soil.

In agriculture the pattern has been, move into some fertile place, farm till the soil's shot, then either move on to more fertile soil - or people stay and don't get the minerals and vitamins they needs, to they get less healthy, sluggish, don't function as well, and make illogical decisions. We have 1 in 6 children in America with learning disorders. Imagine a generation or two from now if the topsoil and nutrition continue to deteriorate.

Now the topsoil over pretty much the whole planet is exhausted. (see map)  And when our topsoil is weak, our food is weak, and we are weak.

The concept of this project was to have Algae Ponds on farms of 5 times the size of Colorado or greater allowing the algae to convert excess CO2 in our atmosphere to O2, then continually plow the algae into the soil for fertilizer (putting over 60-some elements into our soil instead of the 4 that normal fertilizers do). The concept today would be to have algae ponds on farms and convert 90% of the algae into bio-fuel, and plow the remainder into the soil for fertilizer.

Soil Remineralization

While this project would have algae used to remineralize earth's depleted soil, another group has much information about silicate rocks used for this purpose. Remineralization The Earth website says:

Soil Remineralization (SR) creates fertile soils by returning the minerals to the soil much the same way the Earth does: during an Ice Age, glaciers crush rock onto the Earth's soil mantle, winds blow the dust in the form of loess all over the globe. Volcanoes erupt spewing forth minerals from deep within the Earth, and minerals are contained in alluvial deposits. Within silicate rocks are a broad spectrum of up to 100 minerals and trace elements necessary for the well being of all life and the creation of fertile soils. Glacial moraine or mixtures of single rock types applied to soils create a sustainable and superior alternative to the use of ultimately harmful chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.

SR has been shown in scientific studies to increase yields as much as two to four times for agriculture and forestry (wood volume), and to have immediate results and long term effects with a single application. Hundreds of thousands of tons of appropriate rock dust for soil and forest regeneration are stockpiled by the gravel and stone industry.

For a Brief History of Remineralization, click here:

This paradigm shift away from conventional chemical NPK farming is a vast new frontier, SR - key to the sustainable agriculture of tomorrow. The agenda for SR is clear. It will create abundance in an era of diminishing resources and shift us away from fossil fuels. Remineralization is nature's way to regenerate soils. We can return the Earth to earlier interglacial Eden-like conditions through appropriate technology.

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Conservation/New Energy reduces "future" CO2
Algae reduces EXISTING CO2!

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