How does electromagnetic radiation affect plants? At first glance this may appear to be somewhat of a strange question, but it's a serious one. Among people there is more and more evidence for the phenomenon called electro-hypersensitivity, or health problems related to electromagnetic fields (EMF). People report experiencing health issues in the constant presence of electrical equipment. "We are surrounded by electrical equipment, everywhere, all the time,” says Raymond Lescrauwaet. “This was not always the case, and in that sense that radiation is unnatural. The awareness that this has an effect on people and on the rest of our environment is now slowly starting to emerge."
With a mains filter the amount of electrical radiation can be considerably reduced, as is clearly demonstrated here.
Raymond Lescrauwaet has become an expert on the subject. He has been researching the effects of radiation since 2002 and he advises that people should try to prevent it as much as possible. He conducts research specifically for horticulture and measures the amount of radiation in the irrigation water and in crops. His Aqua4D water systems offer growers a means to improve the water structure, which can be affected by all that radiation.
"While you cannot see electromagnetic radiation with the naked eye, it is very much there," says Raymond. "You can measure it well. As far as electricity is concerned, we distinguish roughly two types: low frequency electric and magnetic fields. Then there are electromagnetic waves emanating from things like wireless equipment and transmission masts. It is also becoming increasingly known which frequencies are okay and which ones aren't, and which measures should be taken to reduce radiation effects."
Raymond in the greenhouse
It is becoming clearer that radiation does have an impact on nature, both living and dead. Recently, the Uneto-VNI trade journal for electrical engineering E & W Installatietechniek published an extensive article about electromagnetic fields with Raymond's help. About 1 to 3 percent of the population is said to suffer from radiation-related illnesses, with symptoms ranging from chronic fatigue to concentration problems and from a runny nose to headaches.
Water experiences those effects of radiation on a molecular level. Water forms so-called hydrogen bridges, which change on an atomic level when exposed to EMF. This is theory in the sense that all knowledge about atoms is theory, but it's concrete in the negative effects it has on the absorption of nutrients, soil life and root growth. If a plant is exposed to EMF, this may also translate to lower plant quality or plant resilience.
Measuring is knowing. It is important to not only know how much radiation can be detected directly on the cable or around an electrical device, but also around places in the greenhouse and in the crop.
No more nematodes
By changing the water back, by exposing it to 'counter-radiation' with the right frequencies, the water will revert back to its original state. There is some scientific evidence for this, but above all, an ever broader portfolio of satisfied growers worldwide who see salinated soil, nematode problems and many other pests disappear. Several growers in the Netherlands have started working with them, such as vegetable growers, breeding companies, lisianthus growers and especially chrysanthemum growers. For example, a large chrysanthemum nursery grower in Naaldwijk hasn't steam cleaned his trial section (hood) for 33 months, instead using an Aqua4D system. "If we get rid of the nematodes and we might not have to steam anymore, then it's a small investment," says John van de Westeringh, chrysanthemum grower in Bommelerwaard. "After a few weeks we saw more hair roots in the first cycle, so for now I am very positive. Moreover, if the crop becomes stronger, you need fewer resources and that is of course also profit."
In a modern greenhouse you can find a lot of electrically-run technology, including the spray robot.
Raymond wants to create awareness above all. "Running water through a conventional non-electric water vitalizer often lacks the desired results. There is simply no scientific evidence for this and it is unfortunate that the uninformed grower often confuses this with Aqua4D technology. On the other hand, a grower is someone who, perhaps more than the average Dutchman, tries to think along with nature itself. If you then understand that you can better live underneath a high-voltage mast than to stay at your workplace all day long with your head half a meter away from some powerful electrical device, then that awareness comes naturally. Then they will start working to have clean electricity and preferably turn off radiation sources or place them a bit further away; to not lay cables and pipes next to each other or, for example, placing the electric motor of a water pump in such a way that the water doesn't flow right along it."
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