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Letters from Hugh Lovel to Anna Crozier
The building blocks of life and its relation to animal fibre
Hugh: Let’s look at hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen and oxygen.
Hydrogen is the carrier of spirit. Carbon is the carrier of form. Nitrogen carries astrality or desire, intelligence, beauty, goodness and oxygen carries etheric or life processes.
In your body processes these four elements work together in near perfection or in other words they work coherently so that when you wake up in the morning you can recall where you left your shoes when you went to bed and what your last conversation was before you went off astral traveling with your nitrogen body.
In agriculture there is no element more abundant or closer at hand than nitrogen. Nitrogen makes DNA as the four amino acids that make DNA are carbon ring compounds.
One has a receptive hydrogen, one a reactive carbon, one a reactive oxygen and the remaining one a reactive nitrogen and they work with calcium. However the amino acids that make up skin, hair, nails, cell walls, membranes, connective tissues all three contain sulphur and are not ring compounds and they work with silicon.
So, wool is rich in sulphur containing amino acids that work with silicon where the animal interacts with the surrounding Universe.
The one thing a farmer should never have to buy for his or her farm to operate coherently is nitrogen. It is in contact with every surface, every hair, and every membrane. In the form of chlorophyll nitrogen draws in carbon dioxide and water and stores sunlight as sugar while releasing oxygen at the surface of leaves.
In the form of haemoglobin, nitrogen drags oxygen back into the carbon structures and frees them to return to carbon dioxide as energy is released.
In both cases nitrogen is the workhorse. It is everywhere, at every surface. So, why are we buying it?
Nitrogen is elusive. It is extremely intelligent and beautiful. It knows everything about everything. It is its own partner and lover and it takes a lot of energy to engage it in life processes.
10 units of stored carbon energy is required to engage 1 nitrogen atom as an amino acid. So, for a plant to make enough surplus sugars that its microbial partners have the energy for nitrogen fixation the plant has to be very efficient.
If the artificial nitrogen is in the form of nitrate (NOx-) it will take the plant 10 units of sugar to convert the nitrate to an amino acid, so it is very inefficient for plants to take up nitrogen as nitrate and yet that is what commonly happens when we use artificial nitrogen.
On a biodynamic farm the one thing you want to avoid is to bring in artificial nitrogen. You might bring in boron or copper or sulphur but with nitrogen it should engage with the farm’s microbes and up through the food chain because the farm is self-contained and coherent. It has a very interesting organization about it.
This goes for every cell in the sheep who live on that land and are part of the farm organism. This translates into wool quality whether or not you have sheep with the soft rolling skin genetics and extremely fine fibre.
With the right genetics, of course you get finer wool but even the finest wool will improve if it is produced on a biodynamic farm.
The grass will be tastier and more nourishing on a biodynamic farm. The soil will respond better. Birds will like the worms and beetles better and there will be more of them.
Everything will be enhanced because the level of coherence will be increased.
Wine will be complex and flavourful. So will the apples or bananas or medicinal herbs or whatever. All life will glow or sparkle at bit more. The farmer’s spirits are uplifted by this and this affects the farm in return.
Anna Crozier: What happens with a fibre product like cotton or wool fibres and the protein chains?
Hugh Lovel: In improved organizations you get longer chain proteins and tougher, longer fibres. The reason Egyptian cotton is renowned as the world’s longest fibre cotton is it is grown in the Nile delta where the highest populations of nitrogen fixing bacteria have been recorded. Nitrogen fixing bacteria deliver via protozoa activity amino acid N and this is assembled into proteins without any extra energy as compared with converting nitrate N to amino acid N at a 10:1 energy loss. So getting away from nitrate N and converting to amino acid N from atmospheric N fixation is a big deal for fibre integrity, which is what fine wool is all about.