Azomite Mineral Products, Inc.
AZOMITE is a uniquely natural material, mined in Central Utah, USA. For over seventy years, crop producers have used AZOMITE to support plant growth and vitality. AZOMITE requires no mixing. It is odorless, will not burn plants and will not restrict aeration or water penetration. AZOMITE is not manufactured or chemically prepared. It is 100% naturally-derived and is completely free from additives, synthetics or fillers. AZOMITE is a federally registered trademark (pronounced ā-zō-mite) and is an acronym created by its founder, Rollin Anderson, for the `A to Z of Minerals Including Trace Elements`. Since its discovery in the early 1940s, AZOMITE has increasingly become a mainstay in agriculture around the world, particularly as a feed ingredient in the poultry industry and a remineralizing soil amendment. Researchers show that AZOMITE’s unique composition sets it apart from any other naturally occurring mineral deposit in the world.
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AZOMITE is an acronym for the 'A to Z of minerals including trace elements'. An estimated 30 million years ago, a volcanic eruption filled a nearby seabed. The unique combination of seawater, fed by rivers rich in minerals and rare earth elements present in the volcanic ash created the composition known as the AZOMITE mineral deposit.
W. Wesley Emerson, AZOMITE Mineral Products, Inc. founder and President has been working with AZOMITE® and developing its market since 1988. AZOMITE Mineral Products, Inc. has assembled a team capable of achieving significant goals for the future. As of April of 2011, AZOMITE®'s operations have been consolidated to its Nephi, Utah headquarters, where significant streamlining of production has been implemented in proximity to the source.
AZOMITE is a 100% naturally-derived feed additive and soil remineralizer mined in Sanpete County, Utah. This unique deposit was formed by a natural volcanic eruption as volcanic ash was deposited into an ancient seabed — and pushed to the surface by tectonic activity. The mineral deposit is now a series of pink hogbacks (hills) where AZOMITE is mined exclusively by AZOMITE Mineral Products, Inc. 68 years after the initial discovery AZOMITE Mineral Products has found no other mining deposit with anything close to its wide array of its naturally occuring composition. While other products have attempted to emulate AZOMITE — scientific analysis proves they fall short. The organic movement recognizes AZOMITE as the premier soil remineralizing product with a positive worldwide reputation. Scientific and agricultural trials have been conducted in many countries, including the U.S., Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, China, Indonesia, Vietnam resulting in increased yields, survivability, and economic benefits. The Chinese government tested AZOMITE for five years before approving registration. Each test included a “competitive” local Chinese product compared to AZOMITE.
AZOMITE supports the vitality of soil and living organisms by providing trace elements that are often not readily available through soil and food sources. There is global concern about soils becoming depleted of minerals. Soil management programs that include trace mineral supplementation grow more crops with higher nutritional value. AZOMITE offers an organic, sustainable solution by adding trace minerals to depleted soils, as well as to the actual crops. Minerals improve pest and disease resistance, while increasing capacity to withstand drought and temperature fluctuations, ultimately improving the nutrient content and yields of the food supply. Global hunger and malnutrition are issues that AZOMITE helps address.
An estimated thirty million years ago, the intense pressure from volcanic gasses created by bubbling magna caused the side of a mountain to rupture. A thick cloud of ash spewed out of the blowhole for days and formed a thick bed of highly mineralized volcanic ash. Saturated by rains, the volcanic ash and mineral dust bound together naturally to create a hard rock formation encapsulating the minerals. As the rains continued, the mineral reserve became a seabed. The seas receded and intense tectonic activity followed, forcing the earth’s crust to facture and heave; lifting the previously level rock bed into a hill formation geologists refer to as a 'hogback' – rich with minerals.
As time passed, legend of the healing powers of these 'painted rocks' spread. Native Americans traveled great distances to reach the pink formation to chip off pebbles to be crushed and placed in planting holes with maize seed. The powerful pink powder became a key ingredient in both Native American agriculture production and medicinal healing tonics.
In the late 1930s, a geological prospector named Rollin Anderson became fascinated with the local legends and left the hustle and bustle of San Francisco for Utah to explore a simpler life and the rocks he had heard so much of. Anderson began to mine and sell the crushed rock locally based on the testimonials of the farmers who supported his quest to prove the legends true. By 1942, he had completed several trials and was convinced of the remarkable benefits to plants, sheep, cattle and turkeys.
'The first tomatoes we planted with the dust came up fine and healthy, whereas the controls were attacked by hideous long green worms. We picked off the worms wherever we found them, but they ate a lot of leaves. On the AZOMITE plot, not a worm. The plants were stronger, held fruit well, and had great flavor. Once you've tasted a vegetable grown with AZOMITE you're spoiled for life. The beets in the control plot were juiceless and woody.'
Seeking validation beyond his control gardens, Anderson took some ore samples to Salt Lake City to Dr. Charles Head, a ranking scientific expert at the U.S. Bureau of Mines. Placing a tiny particle of the ore beneath the lens of his microscope, Dr. Head found the ore to contain a wide variety of minerals. He explained that the multitude of minerals he detected in the pink ore reminded him of the caliche rock of Chile and Peru from which the world's finest nitrates were mined. While there, Dr. Head had developed the conviction that much of the benefit plants were deriving from South American nitrates was not from the nitrates themselves, but from minute quantities of trace elements, which served as catalysts in the developing plants. His pioneering theory contravened prevailing opinion that considered trace elements to be 'impurities'.
'We have ganged up on nature by taking the attitude that insects are invading our fields and destroying our crops. So we kill the bugs, thinking it correct. Instead, we are killing ourselves. The bugs are only destroying our crops because we are not feeding the crops their proper food. And the same thing holds true for livestock and humans. Many nutritionists and physicians theorize that there is only one disease -- malnutrition; that all other ills derive from it. We are not giving ourselves, our livestock, or our plants the natural trace elements needed to grow and prosper the way our Creator intended. '
Upon his retirement in 1988, he leased the reserves to Peak Minerals, a company formed by Mr. Wes Emerson, his close friends and family. Peak adopted a policy of supporting the legends and testimonials and broadened Anderson’s work through accredited research studies at many high schools, colleges and universities. In 2011, the Anderson Company's ownership merged with what is now known as AZOMITE Mineral Products, Inc. under the direction of Mr. Emerson as Company President. AZOMITE is now available worldwide, rapidly expanding its growth in international export. Researchers consistently found – and continue to find – significant improvements with AZOMITE use, lending credibility to the original legends. Accredited researchers continue to report benefits for plants and animals with AZOMITE.
To utilize unique, natural, trace element-rich AZOMITE® as a base to provide innovative, high quality, organic and ecologically friendly feed ingredients and soil remineralizing products; while maintaining strong stakeholder returns.