I have another post to toss up later today, but first I thought I’d direct your attention to the comments on a post from a few days ago — The post titled International Ag Labs – who are they and what do they do? It’s fascinating to see so many people discussing the benefits of IAL (and more fascinating to read their comments…some of which are thoughtful and some of which are….less thoughtful). The reason that there are so many of them is that IAL apparently sent out a blanket e-mail to their customers to try and get them to respond to Linda’s post. This is absolutely fantastic! I never imagined we would receive so much free publicity!
Interestingly enough I’ve been informed through a semi-reliable source that they (and the truth is that I’m not exactly sure who “they” are) want to try to get Washington State to shut our website down! Again, awesome! This will result in even more publicity! We might even get into the papers!
At this point it’s probably worth telling all of you what I think about IAL based on their tests and recommendations. Their tests look fine — not the format that I’m used to, but no big deal. Their recommendations, on the other hand, seem silly and ill advised to me (I’ve been working with soil tests to one extent or another for about 18 years now). That doesn’t make them wrong, but the accepted science currently out there doesn’t support them. Also, I can’t stand it when a supposedly independent lab seems to be promoting particular products — in my opinion that could, potentially, compromises their objectivity. Look, if you want to believe in a particular method of growing plants then that is your right — far be it from me to dictate your belief system — but, as Linda once wrote to me in an e-mail, that is faith based growing. On this blog we talk about and support science based growing. Faith based growers are always welcome here, but be aware that you probably won’t be happy with everything we write.