So, David Icke mentioned lots of things in his talk and I've already discussed his belief in the hundredth monkey phenomenon. He also talked briefly about the effect of microwaved water on plant growth and presented pictures from a fairly well known site, which purports to be an experiment proving that water that has been microwaved is bad for plants. From rense.com:
Below is a science fair project that my granddaughter did for 2006. In it she took filtered water and divided it into two parts. The first part she heated to boiling in a pan on the stove, and the second part she heated to boiling in a microwave. Then after cooling she used the water to water two identical plants to see if there would be any difference in the growth between the normal boiled water and the water boiled in a microwave. She was thinking that the structure or energy of the water may be compromised by microwave. As it turned out, even she was amazed at the difference.
So, does microwaved water really have this dramatic effect on the growth of plants? From the very excellent Snopes.com:
First of all, water heated in a microwave oven is no different in "structure or energy" than water heater with a gas flame, on an electric stove, or over a wood fire: It's just water, plain and simple.
And in fact Snopes tried to replicate the 'experiment' and found no such difference between the plants watered with microwaved water and those watered with normal water. So what is the explanation for the difference observed in the first set of pictures? The fact is, there are lots of reasons for the difference and the one thing we can be sure of is, it wasn't caused by microwaving the water. We know this because we understand how microwaves work. From Wikipedia:
A microwave oven works by passing microwave radiation, usually at a frequency of 2.45 GHz (a wavelength of 12.24 cm), through the food. Water, fat, and other substances in the food absorb energy from the microwaves in a process called dielectric heating. Many molecules (such as those of water) are electric dipoles, meaning that they have a positive charge at one end and a negative charge at the other, and therefore rotate as they try to align themselves with the alternating electric field induced by the microwaves. This molecular movement creates heat as the rotating molecules hit other molecules and put them into motion. Microwave heating is most efficient on liquid water, and much less so on fats and sugars (which have less molecular dipole moment), and frozen water (where the molecules are not free to rotate).
So there is no great mystery and watering your plants with microwaved water will not hurt them (although why you would waste energy zapping it, when perfectly good water falls from the sky, is beyond me). Moreover, millions of people use microwaves every day to cook their food etc with no ill effects. Again, the proof is in the pudding and my advice to David is don't fall for everything you see on the net.Go Top