Eternal Knowledge: Copper, Electro-Magnetism and Food Production

• February 26, 2012 • Comments (1)

This article is part of a series.  Read the part 1 and the part 3.

Did the ancients deliberately use copper tools?  And if they did, was it because they knew that copper and its alloys had certain beneficial properties?

For the ‘Eternal Knowledge Festival’ in April we have two leading experts who will explain the connections between copper, electro-magnetism and food production – Yannick van Doorne from Belgium and Jane Cobbald from UK-based ‘Implementations’, copper garden tool specialists.

Jane is holding two workshops: one in which she will look at the relationship between metals, humans and planet Earth; in particular, the metals used before, during and after the Bronze Age.  A second one will be on copper tools in which she will tell the story of the remarkable C20th visionary, Viktor Schauberger.  Jane will introduce his range of garden tools still produced in Austria.

Schauberger firmly believed that iron and steel were not the most suitable metals for tools for cultivation and he extensively tested copper in field trials as an alternative.  Following in his footsteps, Jane will explain the advantages of copper over iron.  Copper tools have a longer life span; their edges stay sharper for longer; they do not rust; and they come out of the ground cleaner because the copper is less resistant to friction.  Of most interest to gardeners is the deterrent effect of using copper on slugs and snails.  This is related with the electrical properties of the copper and how that interacts with the soil.

‘Electroculture’ and ‘magnetoculture’ are familiar terms to our other speaker, Yannick van Doorne.  We all know the benefit of electrically-charged rain water from thunderstorms, or the fertility of paramagnetic rock dust found in enormous quantities in volcanic soils.  Yannick will explain certain techniques that use the magnetic and electric forces of Nature to help with soil fertility and plant growth.

Yannick has experimented with ‘electroculture’ using a variety of antennae, magnets, pyramids, sounds, electric wires and natural batteries; as well as electrically-charged water.  According to him, these techniques can stimulate the growth of plants to such an extent that they can double crop yields and improve crop quality, while reducing the need for fertilizer or pesticides because, he believes, these methods protect plants from diseases, insects and frost.

While ‘magnetoculture’ could be the answer to soil fertility and yields, we have yet to fully understand the effects of magnetism on our all-important bee population.  It has often been suggested that one reason for the disappearance of bees (known as ‘colony collapse disorder’) could be linked to electro-magnetic interference from mobile phone masts affecting bees’ ability to navigate using natural magnetism.
One person who might have some insight into this problem is Andrew Gough, editor of Mindscape magazine, who is going to talk in April about the quasi-religious veneration with which the bee has been regarded since ancient times.  Andrew has explored in-depth many aspects of bee culture, especially the historical ones that go back thousands of years.

In my next article, I will consider how not just bees but people too have used natural sources of magnetism for thousands of years in a variety of ways as ‘pathways’; ‘earth energies’, known to the Chinese as ‘chi’.  But was the Chinese practice known to us as ‘feng shui’ perhaps once more widespread and did its principles originate in the Bronze Age?  I will attempt to answer these questions, and more, next time.

Eternal Knowledge Festival – See website for more details.
27th-29th April 2012
Holly Hills, Thorington, Suffolk

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Lucy Wyatt

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Lucy is an author of ‘Approaching Chaos – could an ancient archetype save C21st civilization?’- published in January 2010. She lives on an eco-farm deep in the Suffolk countryside which she and her husband restored from derelict. She lived with her family in Suffolk for over 20 years as a good place for children even though her own childhood home was the University town of Cambridge, where she studied at Sussex University, International Relations & Italian. After Sussex she lived and worked in London, lastly for a firm of City stockbrokers and before that in marketing for Sir Terence Conran’s Design Group. When her family moved to Suffolk, Lucy was able to develop further her ideas of living in harmony with Nature and indulge in a love of horses. She is a trustee of The Gatekeeper Trust, leading pilgrimages on equinoxes and solstices, and campaigns on developing local food resilience strategies.

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  1. […] What we are showing you now is along similar lines! Well, it also has to do with our food. They too are having awesome results without any need for pesticides etc and the resulting vegetables are often huge and much healthier for us. Dr. Ir. Yannick van Doorne: […]

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