A number of stories have been released regarding Mycotoxins and Mold. Today’s article from AgWeb really struck me. It is important to have corn tested for mycotoxins and a lot of people are. Midwest Laboratories alone, has performed analysis on over 4,000 mycotoxin samples. To perform this type of testing by LCMS, yes make sure you are getting a thorough analysis.
Many people and customers are getting into the compost business. Its a great way to create a material that can add value back to the soil. Have you ever wanted to know what the makeup of your compost is?
In some places its called “Black Gold” – This article from Nature’s Way Resources summarizes 5 reasons how compost compares to fertilizer. It gives a good summary.
1) Fertilizer (N-P-K): A cubic yard (cy) of good compost will contain the same amount of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium as $150-170 worth of fertilizer. Or to put it another way, a gardener would have to purchase at least $150.00 worth of organic fertilizer to get the same amount of major nutrients.
2) Fertilizer (Minor Nutrients): Similar to above to get the iron, calcium, sulfur, magnesium, zinc, copper, boron, manganese and molybdenum it would require another $7.00 worth of minor nutrients.
3) Fertilizer (Trace Elements): Compost will contain over 65 trace elements that are naturally found in plants. It would also require over $50.00 worth of fish emulsion to get the same amount of trace minerals.
Testing of cadmium in toys explained. Listen to this video. Look closely it appears that xrf technology was used to find the cadmium. A true test is a solubility test. Also, consumers should know that toy manufacturers consider levels over 75 ppm to be dangerous.
Cadmium – New stories are coming out of China that high levels of cadmium are being found in toys. Some toy manufacturers consider levels over 75ppm to be dangerous. Our lab supervisor ranks Cadmium up there with Lead, Mercury and Arsenic as some of the most dangerous metals we can be exposed to. Attached is an article that came out today.