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Tray-grown Wheatgrass Growers Cry “Foul”

In last week’s Health Tip titled “Why BarleyMax Beats Tray Grown Wheatgrass”, I never dreamed the article would arouse the ire of some who grow tray-grown wheatgrass.

The article was not written with that intent. Nor was it written in an effort to sell the Hallelujah Acres BarleyMax product.

My thoughts in writing the article had nothing to do with selling a product but rather pointing people to the best source of nutrition for nourishing the body.

Anyone who has read my past Health Tips knows that I do no write them with the intent of selling products, but rather I want to encourage good nutrition to our readers.

My intent in writing the article was to show the weaknesses of tray grown cereal grasses grown indoors as compared to cereal grasses grown in the great outdoors.

I received a number of emails from tray wheat grass growers indicating they were not happy with what I had written.

But the most interesting thing about some of the responses that accused me of trying to put down tray grown wheatgrass in order to sell BarleyMax was that the only mention of BarleyMax was in the title and at the end of the article where I announced that in next week’s Health Tip I would talk about “What Makes BarleyMax so special.”

Fortunately, there were some respondents who had a proper interpretation of what I was trying to say in the article. The following email comes from Evan D., and in some ways said what I was trying to say in the article even better:

In this article Rev. Malkmus is comparing the quality of juice from indoor grown cereal grasses to those grown outdoors. He is not yet promoting his product directly, but I assume from his ‘next week’ that he may be.

From my experience I believe that Rev. Malkmus is correct that outdoor grown grasses are more nutritious. The greatest influencing factor in this comparison is regarding the depth and quality of the soil used in growing.

A plant has the ability to manufacture vitamins, amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, fiber and fatty acids. A plant cannot manufacture minerals. It’s this trait of a plant, to be able to reach down into the soil, the sub-soil even, and draw up those minerals essential to all living things and put them in a form that can be grazed by any beast and therefore receive those minerals for normal body function.

The other extremely important factor, which was not discussed by Rev. Malkmus, is the state in which these minerals need to be in the soil. Plants develop two types of roots as they grow, drinking/water roots and feeding/feeder roots. As their names suggest, the drinking root’s function is to maintain a good supply of water into the plant. The feeder root’s function is to gather the nutrients from the soil for plant growth. (A side issue is the use of water soluble nutrients to feed plants, which is another drawback to plants grown indoors and their need for ‘fast nutrient.)

The plant’s ability to take up nutrients is facilitated by humus in the soil. Without a living, microbe-rich, humic content in the soil many plant functions are inhibited including, but not limited to, pest resistance, genetic purity, mineral uptake, sugar levels (Brix levels) and heavy metals content.

I would prefer any food product to be field-grown, rather than indoor as long as it was grown in biologically active, organic/biodynamic humus rich soil.

For those intent on growing grasses indoors: Deepen your soil; Make your own soil; Re-compost your soil before re-using; Use worms to build humus.


  1. Jeanne Wolf March 6, 2012

    I have a question for Rev. Maulkmus, with the use of more and more GMO crops, and the reality of cross pollination, how does HA keeps their barley from being cross pollinated?

  2. Quote: “My intent in writing the article was to show the weaknesses of tray grown cereal grasses grown indoors as compared to cereal grasses grown in the great outdoors.”

    I double dog dare anyone to prove that ANY form of powdered grass, no matter how good the processing, is as good as indoor, fresh juiced grass.

    Put your BarleyMax up against indoor wheatgrass and prove me wrong. Do a proper scientific study and prove it out.
    YOU CAN”T DO IT! It’s just an opinion. NOT FACT.
    Even the email you posted is just his opinion.

    Look at the institutes and programs all over the world that grow indoor wheatgrass. Just look at their results and testimonies.
    Please do this before making these types of claims.
    Making unsubstantiated claims is why the “natural” health world has so many problems.

  3. celiayounger April 1, 2012

    I think for people who are beginners like me, or just want the security that no pollutants -air, water etc- or pesticides can get into their grass, it;s better inside growing grass. My opinion.

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