Thorfinn Johnsen’s Agriculture Discovery Isn’t Small Potatoes

Norwegian farmer Thorfinn Johnsen has made a new agriculture discovery that could disrupt the food industry. “The UN asked the fertilizer industry to come up with a product that can increase yields by 20% to keep pace with population growth,” he says. In trials, he claims his invention has never failed to grow vegetables that are twice as large as normal. “The worse the soil and growing conditions are, the better the agent works agent,” Johnsen tells Norway’s  TV2.

Johnsen agriculture product, yield enhancer, crop yield booster

It all started when Johnsen started to measure the electrical charge in the air around him in the early 1980’s. A doctor told him that protons and electrons in the atmosphere could have an impact on allergies. Thorfinn thought that sounded interesting, so he bought himself the instruments he needed to begin taking measurements.

For many years, Johnsen measured the number of protons and electrons it the air. He didn’t know then that his findings would bear fruit one day, both figuratively and literally. His measurements indicated that the presence of protons in the air increased as the level of atmospheric pollution increased in the 80’s and 90’s. When the air has many positively charged protons, they “steal” electrons from the sun’s rays. Electrons are what plants need to grow, Johnsen says.

He has devised a method of spraying crops with a liquid that allows those trapped electrons to interact with growing plants. In tests, his growing agent accelerates the growth of all kinds of crops. He has tested potatoes, turnips, and many kinds of grasses. The treatment is sprayed on much the same way fertilizer is applied. TV2 was present when some farmers tried  the growing agent on a field in the summer of 2014. An adjacent field was left untreated.

Johnsen ag processBonde Svein Ivar Dybdal told TV 2 that he could hardly believe his eyes. The grass harvested from the untreated field weighing just over 2 pounds while the area that was treated with the growing agent delivered over 25 pounds. According to Dybdal, the grass also grew faster on the test field the following year when Johnsen’s treatment wasn’t even applied.

Johnsen’s growing agent is so effective, he says some people question his integrity. “Some people think I cheat,” he tells TV2, “because the formula is so easy to make.” He says he has been offered millions for the rights to his invention but has declined. He worries that it might fall into the wrong hands. He is probably thinking of the GMO issues with crops grown from genetically modified seeds provided by Monsanto.

Johnsen’s invention could revolutionize how we feed the world. He believes it could be worth many times more than he has been offered, but wants to make sure it is used to benefit mankind and helps support all natural farming. He is not in it for the money.

After many years of work in the field and his office, Johnsen has all his patents in order is ready to seek investors both at home and abroad. “I hope we now have serious industry players on board who can grasp this and get it into the hands of farmers worldwide,” he tells TV2. If his ideas can boost yields as much as preliminary test promise, Johnsen will have made a dramatic impact on the future of agriculture.

A hat tip to Leif Hansen of Norway for bringing this story to our attention. 

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