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Dr. Murray began his lifelong research in sea energy agriculture in 1936. His goal: to get the perfect chemistry (consistency, balance and proportion) of the ocean back into the depleted soils. He felt this was the key to proper nutrition, a stronger immune system and a longer, healthier life. Dr. Murray undertook a variety of experiments to unearth the secrets of the sea, often wondering why land-based animals suffered from so many forms of chronic disease while sea animals generally enjoyed vigorous health.

Over the years, Dr. Murray's research would take him across the United States, from Massachusetts to Florida in search of answers.

Sea Energy Agriculture, the science that Dr. Murray uncovered lay largely dormant during the next 20 years until a dedicated effort was initiated to rescue this essential knowledge from oblivion.

Dr. Murray began his trials with sea solids after he had started with coastal waters that had become increasingly toxic and unusable. OceanGrown has shifted from using sea solids (crystals are problematic for several reasons; many elements are lost during evaporation, crystals do not go back into solution easily or reliably, they are difficult to apply, and are a natural desiccant and therefore tend to clump in humid environments), back to an improved OceanSolution extract harvested from the deep clean ocean and suitable for all plants. This has required major investment in the design of machinery that can extract the minerals without damaging the aerobic bacteria that is abundant in seawater and is important for revitalizing damaged soils. One advantage of extracting minerals is the reduction in handling, storage and shipping costs.

It is well understood that there are radical health differences between plants and animals found in the sea and those on land. In the ocean, life thrives on a precisely balanced diet of inorganic nutrients while our landlocked environment has been increasingly unable to provide plants and animals with the full complement of minerals necessary for health and longevity.

In Sea Energy Agriculture, Dr. Maynard Murray makes the following analogy:

  • “If a soil is like a mine with its myriad of elements, then whenever man tills it, plants crops and in other ways engages in farming, he is for all practical purposes engaged in the business of mining. Like a miner, the farmer breaks the earth with digging tools, but instead of dynamite, he plants seeds to loosen the minerals and elements from their holding matrix. And finally, he carts away his minerals in the form of food rather than ore.”

Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of this mining analogy is that farmers, through conventional fertilizer strategies, often only replace three to six of the total number of elements removed from the soil. The failure to understand the importance of all elements and their role in providing complete, balanced nutrition to plants and animals has resulted in an abundance of food that is great in bulk but low in nutritional vitality.

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