Gbiota beds and how the produce is grown and produced
Gbiota beds were developed to help restore gut biology which is really the control centre for our bodies. Trillions of cells communicate with each other to provide intelligence which determines, with our head brain, our appetite and how much food we store.
They work on the flood and drain principle in which a compost tea floods the root zone on a regular basis. Minerals in the soil are broken down by the soil biology so they are readily available to the plants. We have a nutrient rich biologically active soil and health starts in the soil.
They were developed from Wicking Beds, which are still a very viable system for the home gardener, but Gbiota beds are better suited for larger commercial style growing for health conscious people.
Open beds – e.g. beds made directly in the soil, are suitable for larger areas while closed beds, e.g in closed boxes which may be more suitable for green or shade houses for insect and climate protection.
The principles are the same for both systems. Clean waste can be placed in the compost area or if there is a danger of contamination the compost can be pre-fermented or if there is a health risk from contamination even used to grow compost crops which are harvested for compost.
A pump is placed in a sump below the bed levels and a timer (or from a solar panel with shade panels for timing) used to flood the base of the beds flooding the root zone with the nutrient rich tea and the beds then allowed to drain.
Information on human biology and the benefits of this new food
It is now universally recognised by researchers, doctors and nutritional just how important gut biology is to our health. The trillions of cells in our guts communicate with each other like a supercomputer, working with our brain, to control our appetite, how much and where we store fat and is an integral part of our immune system.
Slightly less well recognised is that if we want a healthy gut we have to feed them gut food, a broad spectrum of plants particularly green vegetables with a high fibre but there are many herbs, spices, speciality plants and phytonutrients that enhance a healthy gut.
The grower has to add the critical nutrients to the soil, like zinc, selenium, iron, iodine and even minute amounts of chromium which is essential for controlling blood sugars. But even that is not enough, it needs the soil biology to break these down and make them available for the plants.
Conventional growers simply don’t want to do this because it adds extra costs. So how do people who want a healthy gut buy these specially grown plants and equally important at a reasonable price? This is what the Gbiota club is all about.
While the club is open to anyone interested in gut health it’s primary function is to act as a buying group. It’s reversing the power balance.
How is it different from any other diet?
The Gbiota System
The Gbiota food system works in pretty much the same way that a traditional village works except that because there may be more peopled involved over much larger distances thesystem is modernised using the power of the internet. It could be called modernised traditional agriculture. We call people involved members of the Gbiota club.
But it is not just the way the crops are grown it is the way that club members can communicate with each other. They use the www.pickandeat.shop web site where every member has the option of creating their own web page to say to other members – this is what I want to buy or this is what I have to offer – like a bulletin board.
There are three basic categories in the Gbiota food system.
In a traditional village, people would chat among themselves so the growers would know exactly what people wanted to buy. They would not have to choose between food grown using worn out soil using chemicals to force plants growth or biologically active nutrient rich soil. They had no choice there were no chemicals just manure and compost as fertilisers which automatically create a biologically active soil. Do people in the modern food system have a choice? Look at these two cabbages. One is grown in the modern chemical industrial system, with nutrient coming from chemical fertilisers and sprayed with chemicals to control pests. It may be lacking in the nutrients which are essential for human health but not needed (or only needed in limited amounts) by the plants.
There may be no beneficial biology and the chemicals to control bugs may harm the beneficial biology we have left. The other is grown in nutrient rich biologically active soils. It may be rich in the essential minerals, like the zinc I was talking about and it may be full of beneficial biology which will enhance gut health. But how does anyone know just by looking at them? They can’t. Most members will simply want to buy food grown in biologically active nutrient rich soil. We call these biofoodies so they will need to register as a Biofoodie. We live in a world of fake news and manipulative promotion of fake foods so they want to be sure that they can trust their growers. The biofoodies can go to the growers page and see exactly how the produce was grown and the results of any chemical or biological tests (soil or leaf tests).
The second group are regenerative farmers, they understand that the future of our food depends on having nutrient rich, biologically active soil to create a sustainable farming system. They simply need to register as a grower, but when they create their web page they need to showcase how they grow their food and to allow other members to create reviews of their growing practices. On their web they display what produce they have, and particularly will have for sale. While we are alive our bodies don’t go rotten, (unless we are diabetic). We may be putting all sorts of biology into our mouths some of which could be harmful, but our beneficial bugs just deal with it without us thinking and our immune system, which is centered in our guts is on duty 24/7 looking for any unwanted invaders where they routinely deal with it without us even thinking about it.
Plants are not that different, they have their own system of chemicals and beneficial biology defending themselves from the bad bugs. When the plant is harvested there is a transition from where the good biology is in charge to when the bad biology takes over (it goes rotten). The speed of take over varies with the plant types. Fruits, seeds and nuts typically have a protective skin so they may avoid going rotten for extensive periods of time. An apple may avoid going rotten for weeks but cut the protective skin and it will start to turn brown (grow rotten) within hours. The green vegetables which provide much of our beneficial biology have no protective skin so the process of switching from good to bad bugs starts immediately on harvesting. In the Gbiota system the Biofoodie may buy the plants while they are still in the ground until ready to be collected by the boxer for delivery to the biofoodie within hours.
The third group are boxers, (basically transport and distribution system) which are an essential part of the Gbiota system. It is simply not enough that people can buy from a regenerative farmer, they must be able to buy at an economic price so all people can have access to healthy food regardless of income. We see access to healthy food at a reasonable price as a human right. The boxers provide a service where they travel around the various growers and collect the produce from the growers, place in a biofoodies box and deliver to home or a food hub. Apart from offering food that is really fresh the Gbiota system avoids a lot of waste. In the Gbiota system plants are generally only harvested after they have been purchased. Apart from ensuring the produce is really fresh this avoids a lot of waste. In the conventional system plants are harvested on spec hoping that someone will buy them at full price, if not they are sold off cheap and discarded – a very wasteful system.