March 26, 2009, Press Dispensary. Last year, a solid, resin-based material called Orgonite was used in East Sussex to grow giant vegetables in a small but significant trial run by freelance journalist, Mark Bennett. Now, he is teaming up with EcoLogicCool of Sydney Street, Brighton, to conduct a much larger trial starting in early April, 2009, and is seeking gardeners to participate and document the growing harvest and resulting crops.
To date, a dozen participants have signed up from the Sussex area and gardeners will be added to the trial until supplies of Orgonite run out. Participants can have any level of gardening experience and will receive free Orgonite 'pucks', a questionnaire and a disposable camera to photograph their results during the trial.
A simple mixture of resin, aluminium shavings and a crystal, the Orgonite technology is derived from Freud's contemporary, Wilhelm Reich*, who developed the idea of orgone energy and how it affects the human body and nature. Orgone is known in different cultures as chi, prana, ki, or mana and Reich developed a range of technologies to harness and focus this energy. Kate Bush sang about it in her song, 'Cloudbusting'. William Burroughs was known to be a regular user of an Orgone Accumulator which is claimed to focus life energy and attributed it to his vitality in later life.
Orgonite can be moulded into any shape for purposes ranging from beautiful indoor artefacts to outdoor soil-enhancers.
Following an unexpected arrival of a large box of Orgonite from a friend in February 2008, Mark Bennett - a respected investigative journalist and photographer - spent time researching the resin and its effect on plants. He found several websites that documented the growing of vegetable gardens. The resulting crops were large; in stark contrast to the control crops grown without Orgonite.
Mark needed his own proof. He started with simple seed germination tests of alfalfa sprouts using a control sample minus Orgonite. The tests were repeated with strict measurements to rule out errors. The results in both cases were a threefold increase in the alfalfa sprouts' volume. Mark then supplied Orgonite to friends who had allotments and gardens.
M. Rogers from Shoreham used Orgonite to aid a variety of failing, non-indigenous plants in his greenhouse - including grapes and gojo berries. He says: "The crops are now flourishing and I was amazed at their size compared to previous crops. At the end of the season, when other plants were dying out, they were still going strong."
P. Barker from Brighton used Orgonite to aid his beetroots, which were fast to germinate and grew strongly. He was rigorous in his methodology, planting two identical patches in his allotment - one with Orgonite and one without - and growing organically ( see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZpGALwotqc (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZpGALwotqc) ).
He says: "At first, I was mildly surprised by the different crops. The area was mostly root crops - parsnips and different types of beetroot and some early carrots. The plot with Orgonite at each corner produced a whole lot more than adjacent plots. I ended up giving a lot of my produce away. A major surprise was a crop of self-sown tomatoes in between the beets. Normally I can't get tomatoes to grow outside so this was an unexpected bonus."
Orgonite has also been reported effective at helping ailing plants and trees. In a recent development, Orgonite has been theorised to convert negative energy into positive life-giving energy.
The imminent Orgonite trial builds upon the growing evidence that Orgonite has a real effect on plants, bringing about a massive growth increase. To join the trial, enquire at EcoLogicCool, 46 Sydney Street, Brighton.
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About Mark Bennett
Mark Bennett is a respected investigative journalist and photographer covering the fringes of culture and science and contributing features to many publications including 'Fortean Times', 'Skin Two Magazine' and 'i-D', as well as editing his own avant-garde, cyber culture magazine, 'Black Ice'. He has piloted series for both BBC and Channel 4 along with acting as a consultant and camera expert for multiple programmes. He is also an absinthe connoisseur.
* Dr Wilhelm Reich was the subject of 'It Can Be Done' (1999), a short dramatic motion picture by former BBC documentary filmmaker, Jon East, which was nominated for the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
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