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Olive Oil Industry Growth & Cheating

All is not well in Olive Oil Land.  Italy exported 352,740 tons of olive oil last year, of which about 110,000 tons went to the United States, a decline of 16% from the previous year, because of increasing consumer awareness of fraud taking place in this industry.  Olive oil is probably the most frequently manipulated […]

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irene rhein - Saw you many times on Doug Kaufmann’s show….haven’t watched recently…to many repeats … think he has new shows now and new people and new format… i hate changes…. gott’a see who’s left…anyway, i also like the ocean and know you have been ‘under water’ for years…hopefully you can enjoy doing this for years. @irene Burkey Rhein..

Richard (Founder) - Thanks Irene, yes I will keep diving as long as I can. It has been 45 years since I began doing it commercially. Now I just like to take pictures.

Attempt to include Processed Foods in Student lunch program

Big (processed) Food manufacturers’ lobbyists are attempting to push through House Bill H.R. 3532 using their friendly congressman Rep. Bruce Poliquin (Republican from Maine). Poliquin named this bill “Fruit and Vegetables Access for Children Act“.  The problem with this bill is that it would amend a perfectly good bill passed in 2002 by Tom Harkin […]

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Alana - Would the Seagate Vaginal Spray be helpful to use for the HPV virus which causes abnormal cervical pap smears?

Richard (Founder) - Hi Alana,
Sorry, we cannot make anti-viral claims about the Vaginal Spray.
Thank you
Seagate

Feds budgeting to lobby consumers to accept GMO foods

What better way to spread propaganda than to have it paid for with your tax dollars. The Federal Government through your (or Monsanto’s) House of Representatives is currently putting together a spending bill for the new Fiscal Year (September 2016-17) that includes over $3 million for consumer education and outreach to “promote understanding and acceptance […]

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Oleuropein and Olive Leaf Extract

There are over 100 different brands of Olive Leaf Extract sold in the U.S. — in health food stores, drug stores, the internet and the large chains. However there only a couple of companies that process their own extract and only one (Seagate) that also grows its own olive trees. Yet, almost all of those […]

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Barbara - Love your products…Olive Leaf Extract, Nasel and throat spray also!

Richard (Founder) - We appreciate your support! thank you

Fish Fertilizer vs. chemical fertilizers in Stimulating Olive tree growth and production

We have been in a constant battle to defeat the efforts of several chemical companies who have been sending out their sales reps disguised as agricultural engineers to neighboring farms in northern Baja California and are giving out “recommended formulation” worksheets listing their pesticides and chemical fertilizers to the unsuspecting farmers. Sometimes the best strategy […]

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Sandra Rose - We have an olive tree. It needs help. It looks like something is on the branches such as mold. Any suggestions?

Richard (Founder) - Sandra- Usually if its mold, its on the leaves not the branches. Most of the time this happens from over-watering the trees.
I would try less frequent watering, with no spraying of the water, so that the water does not hit the leaves and I would also give the tree an occasional deeper watering with the hose aimed directly at the base of the tree. If you are using any chemical fertilizers or pesticide or fungicide sprays, I would discontinue them. They weaken the tree and make it less resistant.

Olive trees are pretty hardy and are used to the more arid climates.
Of course we are just guessing in your case since we have no idea what you are doing nor where you are located, local rainfall etc..
Good luck with it
Seagate

Amy Knowles - Your fish fertilizer is made from anchovies and sardines, with each jar equal to 16 lbs. of fresh fish. It has been widely reported that those two species have been overfished to the point that the fisheries have crashed. How do you reconcile the two? That your natural fertilizer is directly contributing to the demise of two fish species?

Richard (Founder) - Hi Amy,
First of all, it is good that you are concerned about the health of the world’s sardine and anchovy fisheries because most are in poor shape.
However. the sardine fishery off the coast of Baja California is actually recoverying after its disappearance in the early 60’s. It happens by coincidence that I did my Master’s thesis on the health of this fishery at the University of Rhode Island’s School of Fishery/Resource Economics. Part of the study found an unfinished Doctoral dissertation by Katsuo Nishikawa (U. of Oregon oceanography school at Corvalis) (he is now deceased and never finished his work) that analyzed bird excrement sediments dating back 1 million years on the rocks along our coast. The sediments identified the size and longevity of these fish populations based upon the measure of fish scales in the sediment of the guano. The study found that these two species have had a natural ebb and flow for 1 million years predating any pressure from fishing by Man. Fishing for sardines began along the West Coast just before World War II — have you read John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row? The sardines disappeared in the 60’s but not as a result of fishing. For 10 years nothing occupied this level of the food chain until the reappearance of the anchovies ~1972, which thrived along this coast until the early 1990’s. Now we have had 10 years that the sardines have returned and recovered … and the anchovies have disappeared (again). This work and the measure of the natural cyclical nature of the anchovy and sardine populations off the California and Baja California Coasts have been also verified by the NMFS (National Marine Fishery Service).

This is a lot more complicated that you may think. Fishing pressure is just once small and minor influence on fish populations, particularly these 2 off this coast. Much more important are water temperature, the appearance of upwellings and the survival of the recent hatch of fish eggs. Some years when the water temps are too warm and there is very little upwelling of nutrient-rich water, the egg survival rate is miniscule. Several years of this (El Nino condition) can decimate the population of the current species occupying this niche in the food chain.

Given your concern about the ocean, I have 2 suggestions —
1) You should better research an issue before you make this sort of accusation.
2) If you are really concerned about our oceans, there are some real man-related problems that are in the process of destroying many fisheries and reefs — acidification of the seawater due to co2 gases given off by fossil fuels especially coal-fired electric plants in India and China; dioxins, furans, heavy metals and PCB’s from a variety of chemical companies and the paper industry in Washington and Oregon; and the raw untreated sewage (aeration and stage 1 filtration is usually all that is being done); and of course, the radiation from Japan … just to name a few.

So every time you drive your car, turn on your lights, purchase paper or chemical products or flush your toilet … you become a factor contributing to the decline of our oceans. It is so easy with the internet to read a couple of blogs or summary articles and form an opinion and expertise and decide to do some arm-chair quarterbacking. But a little information making you feel like an expert in a field may open you up for someone with over 40 years studying this subject to tell you that you are wrong.
Thank you for taking the time to write your comment. Richard