Imagine a plant that can glow in the dark, a chicken the size of a turkey, a pig as big as a Volkswagen beetle, and a corn with black and red grains. You can find these creepy organisms out there, and all of this is possible thanks to genetic engineering.
For years, we have been told that GMO (genetically modified organisms) are essentially bad for both human beings and “everything else.” But why? Is this really bad?
In the same way, pro-GMO scientists have sustained that the advantages of GMO; in a way, have led humanity to amazing discoveries in advanced medicine and treatments against lethal diseases such as cancer. However, there is a shocking relationship between Genetic Engineering applications and the propagation of rare diseases, mostly in the food industry. So, what is going on?
Let us take a closer look at what a GMO is about
A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one or two species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans. Because of this “transfer of genes,” GMOs are also known as “transgenic” organisms.
Why are GMO so dangerous?
Long time ago, it was believed that the food (plants, fish, fruits, insects, etc.) consumed by humans and other animals was not able to transfer their own genetic information. This is because during food digestion, all macromolecules are thought to be degraded to elementary constituents such as amino acids and nucleotide (Nutrients) which are transported to the circulatory system and then released into specific cells around the body. All this process is done by a very complex mechanism whose properties have not been completely understood.
According to Sandor Spisak (Molecular Medicine Research Group, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America) and colleagues, small fragments of nucleic acids may pass to the bloodstream, and even get into various tissues. For example; foreign DNA fragments were detected in the digestive tract of rainbow trouts, goats, pigs, and mice, which were fed by genetically modified soybean.
The same results have revealed that foreign DNA from GMO plants can be transferred into human cells. For example, in China in early 2012, a study showed that ingested plant such as the genetically modified Bt corn, not only survive digestion, but also influenced human cell function.
This experiment proved that Bt Corn’s DNA was harmful, and also demonstrated that Bt corn was linked to more than ten years of human diseases including cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes.
This is just one of the many reasons (backed by solid data and scientific results) why thousands of people and organizations around the world are against GMO for consumption. We still do not fully understand how our bodies process and assimilate nutrients at a genetic and molecular level. But, we know that there is a huge possibility that DNA information can be transferred to human cells through his digestive system, and also can be stored in different kind of cells which is a very serious situation.
Complete Hydroponics has a very strong commitment to produce nutrients that are FREE FROM GMO agents that are harmful to plants and animals. Our nutrients come from natural sources and are especially formulated to help your plants grow better, healthier and stronger.
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See how easy genes can be introduced into a different specie
Because living organisms have natural barriers to protect themselves against the introduction of DNA from different species, genetic engineers must force the DNA from one organism into another.
Their methods include:
Using viruses or bacteria to “infect” animal or plant cells with the new DNA.
Coating DNA onto tiny metal pellets, and firing it with a special gun into the cells.
Injecting the new DNA into fertilized eggs with a very fine needle.
Using electric shocks to create holes in the membrane covering sperm, and then forcing the new DNA into the sperm through these holes.
Is genetic engineering precise? The technology of genetic engineering is currently very crude. It is not possible to insert a new gene with any accuracy, and the transfer of new genes can disrupt the finely controlled network of DNA in an organism.
Current understanding of the way in which DNA works is extremely limited,and any change to the DNA of an organism at any point can have side effects that are impossible to predict or control. The new gene could, for example, alter chemical reactions within the cell or disturb cell functions. This could lead to instability, the creation of new toxins or allergens, and changes in nutritional value.
But haven’t growers been grafting trees, breeding animals, and hybridizing seeds for years?
Genetic engineering is completely different from traditional breeding and carries unique risks.
In traditional breeding, it is possible to mate a pig with another pig to get a new variety, but is not possible to mate a pig with a potato or a mouse. Even when species that may seem to be closely related do succeed in breeding, the offspring are usually infertile; a horse, for example, can mate with a donkey, but the offspring (a mule) is sterile.
With genetic engineering, scientists can breach species barriers set up by nature. For example, they have spliced fish genes into tomatoes. The results are plants (or animals) with traits that would be virtually impossible to obtain with natural processes, such as crossbreeding or grafting.
These are the genetic combinations that have been tried so far
It is now possible for plants to be engineered with genes taken from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans. Scientists have worked on some interesting combinations:
Spider genes were inserted into goat DNA, in hopes that the goat milk would contain spider web protein for use in bulletproof vests.
Cow genes turned pigskins into cowhides.
Jellyfish genes lit up pigs’ noses in the dark.
Artic fish genes gave tomatoes and strawberries tolerance to frost.
Field trials have included:
Corn engineered with human genes (Dow)
Sugarcane engineered with human genes (Hawaii Agriculture Research Center)
Corn engineered with jellyfish genes (Stanford University)
Tobacco engineered with lettuce genes (University of Hawaii)
Rice engineered with human genes (Applied Phytologics)
Corn engineered with hepatitis virus genes (Prodigene)
Potatoes that glowed in the dark when they needed watering.
Human genes were inserted into corn to produce spermicide.
Measures you should take when growing Hydroponics
When growing Hydroponics, plants have the tendency to absorb nutrients faster and more efficiently than soil. Some nutrients have the ability to dissolve barriers such as cellular membranes to facilitate the path of micro and macromolecules so your plant can use them for its own development.
This property is very important because when you have a nutrient made from GMO sources, dangerous elements can be transferred into your plant and become a part of its own system.
We all know that corporations like Monsanto, Miracle Grow, General Hydroponics and may others, are international iconic companies linked to dangerous GMO activities and developments of poisonous products such as pesticides like Round Up which is used in almost all agricultural business around the world.
For this reason, you should buy products like Complete Gardening, Complete Hydroponics, and some other of your preference to avoid serious side effects that can seriously affect your overall health in the long run. Choose:
NATURAL DERIVED NUTRIENTS AND ORGANIC PRODUCTS
We encourage growers around the world to do their own research about the way nutrients are produced and also, try different alternatives and track positive changes in your plants. Please, stick with natural derived and organic hydroponic nutrients to get the best out of your plants, which is the greatest and most value asset for hydroponic growers such as yourself.
Before we start talking about the best mineral supplement for plants, it is important to be aware of the issues that have pushed companies like Complete Hydroponics and Complete Gardening to develop nutrients that help growers to suceed in both Hydroponics and Conventional Gardening.
The first issue is called Mineral Depletion; this phenomenon is caused by a progressive loss of nutrients in the soil due to the continuous use of toxic chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, and many others of the same nature.
The second issue is called GMO induction. Companies like Monsatos, and other powerful corporations, as a solution, have introduced genetically modified organisms that can grow fast and without the presence of essential minerals that are usually obtained from the soil. For example: GMO plants can grow in very harsh environment which is a very good thing, but its produce has a very low nutritional value for humans, which is a bad thing.
In 1992, at the Rio Earth Summit celebrated in the United Nations, it was conclude that for the past 100 years, the mineral levels in agricultural soil has dropped on average by 72% in Europe, 76% in Asia, and 85% in North America.
Mineral depletion in the soil is so bad that in 1997, just in the United States, you had to eat 23 apples to get the same amount of iron compared to an apple eaten during the 1950s. This indicates that we have a serious problem with our way to do things in the agricultural business.
If minerals go down, the overall health is compromised
It is not strange that for the last 100 years, especially during the last 30 years, diseases have been increasing dramatically while soil is depleted from minerals due to our industrial activity. The lower the amount of mineral obtained from our food supply, the worst for our overall health.
The best Organic Mineral Supplement you could ever find
The best source of nutrients that can reverse mineral depletion in soils are Humic and Fulvic acids. These substances are so powerful and so beneficial that not only support the entire biological system of the soil, but also helps plants and any other living being that is in contact with them.
Humic Acid is a naturally occurring substance that’s obtained as the result of humification, a process that has taken place over millions of years.
Complete Gardening Humic Acid:
Humification requires certain unique geological conditions of pressure and temperature as well as the right combination of organic substances, which, over time, compresses this organic matter into a new and uniquely beneficial substance called Humic Acid
Why is this so important?
Humic Acid is an extremely powerful substance that has preserved organic minerals and trace elements from ancient living organic fruits and vegetables as well as ancient seaweed. It’s a unique substance that cannot be chemically reproduced, and it works rapidly in the body (Plants and Humans) to replenish nutrient levels.
Humic acids are able to improve the overall health in humans, plants, and any other living organism. Therefore, the benefit acquired by the implementation of this substance is limitless.
Fulvic Acid is another super complex that is extracted in special regions of the world which are rich in organic minerals at about 200-250 feet underground.
Like humic acid, fulvic acid is formed during the seaweed humification process that takes place over time. Fulvic Acid is the first set of molecules formed when the seaweed was entombed or buried as a result of volcanic activity millions of years ago covering the sea beds and ancient, mineral rich seaweed.
Complete Gardening Fulvic Acid:
As time goes on, the seaweed and other organic components come together with Fulvic acid to form Humic acid (with the right pressure and enough time). Fulvic acids are actually the precursors for making Humic acid. Fulvic acid is a much smaller molecule than Humic acid, and it works uniquely in the human body and plants.
Why it is this so important?
On a cellular level, Fulvic acid also does most of its work inside the cell, making the cell membranes more permeable and carrying nutrients into the cells.
One of the many benefits is that cells are getting a higher volume and a more usable form of nutrients. Fulvic acid binds together with water (depending on the Fulvic Acid’s purity and concentration) and helps support the body’s natural detoxification process.
The great value of Humic and Fulvic acids
The greatest value of humic and fulvic acids are their roles as chelators. Humic and Fulvic acids have functional groups that act as claws, holding mineral ions strongly enough to keep them from reacting with each other and becoming unavailable to the plant, but weakly enough so that they can be released to the plant cells on demand. Humic acid transports the minerals to the outside of the cell membranes, and releases the minerals for uptake by the plant. The fulvic acid fraction consists of small organic molecules that easily penetrate cell membranes. The more biologically active of the two fractions, fulvic acid transports minerals through the cell membranes and releases them directly to the plant cells.
THE COMBINATION OF HUMIC ACIDS AND SEAWEED EXTRACTS WORK 50% MORE EFFECTIVELY THAN EITHER PRODUCT USED ALONE.
Humic acids are even more effective when used in conjunction with seaweed extracts. Such interactions have a “synergistic effect”. According to a ten-year study on bio-stimulants conducted by Virginia Tech, humic acids and seaweed extracts, when used together in a 5:2 ratio, work 50% more effectively than either product used alone. The seaweed component, rich in plant growth hormones, signals the plant to grow. The humic acid component, with its chelating effect, amplifies the signal of the hormones.
Foliar feeding can be incredibly beneficial for your plants. Plants like tomatoes and Cannabis require regular spraying or misting. Plants can and will absorb nutrients from their leaves with a nutrient solution mixture.
Foliar feeding provides a rapid boost to your plants; producing larger, better, and stronger harvests. Keep in mind that foliar spraying can’t replace a standard root feeding regimen. Root feeding is essential for growing and flowering but with the help of foliar feeding, you would be able to provide a quick path for nutrients to be easily absorbed by your plants. The Meaning of Foliar Feeding
Foliar feeding essentially means that you spray fertilizer straight onto the leaves. It provides nutrients via foliage rather than roots. Under foliar regime, nutrients are absorbed via plant’s stomata (microscopic openings situated in the middle of two guard cells.) Regular spraying also provides clean and open stomata for your plant. Alterations in water content around the guard and other secondary cells force the stomata to open and shut as a basic response to water status changes.
Tomatoes and Cannabis plants continue with the process of photosynthesis by mixing together a number of different ingredients in their leaves. By simply looking at the plant’s leaves, you can have an insight into how they can create food.
Visual appreciation of a plant’s Stoma:
5 times more effective
Foliar feeding comes with several advantages. Fertilizers that are applied via foliar feeding are usually 3 to 5 times more effective than standard root fertilizers. Foliar feeding can also mitigate any stress that plants feel because of their nutrition. Nutrients from foliar sprays also make elements like iron more accessible to your plants when they would not otherwise be available in the soil, water, or hydroponic solution.
These are the nutrients that can give your plants what it needs to achieve incredible results:
B+. The most complete multi-vitamin complex rich in vitamins B12 and amino acids
Root XL. A powerful root stimulator enhanced with hormones, Polyuronic acids, and oligosaccharides
Boost. A potent flower enhancer which is only recommended during the first two weeks of flowering in a mist-mode spray.
Corrects nutrients deficiencies almost immediately
Clearly, foliar spraying is great for correcting nutrient deficiencies because of how fast absorption occurs through the leaves. The results will be almost immediate. The ideal time for foliar spraying is the early morning if you’re growing outside and whenever the light turns on if you’re growing inside. The stomata are open when the light is on them. It should be noted, however, that a temperature of 80 degrees or more will make the spray less effective because many of the stomata will be closed.
Benefits in clones and young plants
Clones, young plants, seedlings, and every tomato or marijuana plant in vegetative stage will experience extreme benefits with foliar feeding. This is because clones aren’t rooted, they require foliar feeding as a means to develop roots and avoid yellow discoloration (a frequent problem for cloners).
When a Cannabis plant or a tomato plant enters flowering stage, it is advised that you stop foliar feeding. In case of Marijuana, the plant will naturally secrete a resin for insulation when the environment is hot and dry. This keeps the plant cool. If you use foliar feeding during flowering, then it’s important to decrease the temperature of the plants to avoid mixing fertilizer with the resin.
Foliar feeding is only recommended from vegetative state until about one week into flowering. You also don’t want your plants to have any residual nutrients on the surface when you harvest. It will result in a heavy, nutrient-infested smoke.
What kind of nutrients should I use for foliar feeding?
Any fertilizer that is created for soil or hydroponic systems is perfect for foliar sprays. I would recommend Complete Hydroponics and Complete Gardening which are a perfect combination for veg and flowering stages. Foliar feeding is ideal with mist-style sprayers because small particles will result in a better response from your plants. You will also have to use less fertilizer to achieve the exact same result.
Believe it or not, both hydroponic and organic nutrients are absorbed by plants as a form of ionic salt. One is available for immediate uptake and the other needs bio-active intervention.
In Hydroponics, nutrients are just formulas that contain different concentrations of elements which are critical for plants’ development. Once these elements are in contact with water, the ions present in the formula are released for plant’s abortion.
Now, the quality of the product will always depend on the source-material used in their formula (organic or synthetic); the methods used to mix them, the precision in their ratios, solubility, level of toxicity, and the level of salt concentration contained in the solution; just to name a few.
You must know that all Plant Nutrients are available as Ionic Salts
I am not talking about table salt. Hydroponic Salts are any chemical compounds that can be formed by the neutralization reaction of an acid and a base, and when this is dissolved in water, it breaks up completely into ions. Once the ions are free in the solution, the plant root system does the work and takes them up for growth and reproduction.
For example: Potassium chloride (KCl) is common in fertilizer and is made up of a potassium ion (K) and a chlorine ion (Cl). When salts are dissolved in water, the ions in the salt separate and are no longer joined together. They are now properly called ions, not salt. This may seem like something silly, but it is an important distinction for properly understanding the effect of salts on soil and plants.
Let’s see en example of table salt breaking up into ions:
Plants DON’T get the Nitrogen directly from fertilizers
That’s right! When we talk about plants and the famous N-P-K; we are not telling you what is really happening. The truth is that plants get the nitrogen through absorbing nitrate ions (NO3) which contain nitrogen and oxygen. Once inside the plant, they separate the nitrogen from the oxygen and use it. The same goes for sulfur which is absorbed as a sulfate ion (SO4) and phosphorus which is absorbed as a phosphate ion (PO4). Other nutrients like potassium, iron, magnesium are absorbed as simple ions that don’t include the oxygen.
This is an example of what happens in normal conditions:
“Keep in mind that the nutrients that plants use for development are exactly the same as the ions resulting from fertilizer salts. “
The best and most balanced concentration index either for Veg or Flower.
Salts could be dangerous if their concentrations rates are above average. For example, manure which is an organic compost has to be used with caution because it is well known that it possesses high concentration of ionic salts. Therefore, it doesn’t matter if the nutrient is coming form an organic source or not, if you don’t understand the mechanism that plants use to feed themselves, you can harm them without notice.
So, what kind of materials must be used to make a fertilizer pure, effective, harmless, powerful, easy for fast absorption, and compatible with all kind of plants?
American companies like Complete Hydroponics LLC, are recognized to be one of the best and most balanced nutrients in the hydroponic industry along with its organic fertilizer Complete Gardening.We cannot tell you how they make their products, but we can tell you that when we were visiting their facilities in Florida to get some advice for our Hydroponic Projects (which they also offer without any charge) we could see that the most important part in the creation of their nutrients is the raw material used in the formulas and their sources. The material used for Complete Hydroponics nutrients comes from the finest mineral deposits in the world and every time you are using this brand you are feeding your plants with outstanding nutrients made with natural premium ingredients; that’s a fact!
These are the best hydroponic nutrients for dwc, coco, and soil:
What about Organic Nutrients?
Organic materials are composed of cells that contain big molecules. For example, DNA contains phosphorus; proteins contain sulfur and nitrogen; plant’s chlorophyll has magnesium and nitrogen. All Organic materials contain loose ions floating around the cells, waiting the right time to be used to produce larger molecules.
Now that we have a little bit of understanding about ions and the role they play in our lives, we must conclude that loose ions in water, soil, and organic matter are exactly the same as the ions derived from fertilizers; it doesn’t matter where they come from, an ion is an ion and plants just need a very specific number of them to thrive.
People in Complete Hydroponics always joke around about the use of plants to feed plants just like we use meat to feed humans? It sounds crazy, but it is not.
Let say that we want to find the most powerful organism in the world, and break down its organic components to obtain the molecules that we need to feed either ourselves or our plants. Do you have any idea what would it be? Well, the answer to this question is ALGAE.
These nutrients contains algae extracts ready for your plants:
Algae is a very powerful organism. It is so strong that it has been around for millions of years without any problem. Algae are the secret ingredient in all soluble organic fertilizers in the world and we have the best source in the planet.
Algae alone can give you so much that your plant won’t need anything else extra to grow powerful flower, fruits, or vegetables. Complete Hydroponics has three categories in their Hydroponic line to provide a successful harvest without expending crazy amounts of money.
You have Bases for the vegetative stage, grow additives for roots and development, and Bloom enhancers to boost flower production. You DON’T NEED ANYTHING ELSE.
As we always say, you are free to choose whatever you consider is the best for your plants for a fair price, but don’t spend your money in products that are just the same with different labels. Try the nutrients your plants really need, and see for yourself the results those nutrients bring to you. Only results are the proof of your success. Only results can reveal if a product is good or not for your plants..