Below is our nomination letter urging Schnabel’s induction into The National Agricultural Hall of Fame:
February 11, 2012
The National Agricultural Hall of Fame
630 Hall of Fame Drive
Bonner Springs, Kansas 66012
I learned that Agricultural Hall of Fame has not yet acted on the nomination of the famous feed chemist, Charles F. Schnabel, Sr. We urge you to induct him the Agricultural Hall of Fame. This letter is a nomination of him as a major name in agriculture throughout the world.
Our Company Follows His Teachings and Traditions
I am a co-founder of Pines International, Inc. We grow, harvest, package and market wheatgrass and other cereal grasses. As a result, for more than 40 years, the media interviews me about our products. Each time, I end up talking about the work of Charles F. Schnabel. It is not easy to talk about the history of cereal grass and alfalfa without the mention of his name. I urge his nomination.
Documenting Dr. Schnabel’s Research
I also authored the book, Cereal Grass: What’s in it for you! Now in its fifth printing, it contains a dedication to Charles F. Schnabel, Sr. Without a doubt, he opened the door to scientific research on cereal grass and other greens. Schnabel’s early work in the mid 1920s showed chickens nearly tripled their winter egg yield with a small amount of dried cereal grass added to their diet. Schnabel went on to find good results for nearly every kind of livestock. They had larger litters, richer milk, more milk, less infant death, better fur and better general health with only a small amount of dried cereal grass added to their ration. What he did to improve livestock feed itself makes him worthy of nomination.
We Still Operate One of Dr. Schnabel’s Labs
Schnabel also tested cereal grass at every stage of growth. He found that the highest nutrition occurred just prior to and during the jointing stage. He created a drying method that captured that high food value. His research led to dozens of dryers in every state in the U.S. that grows grains and alfalfa. These dryers have produced millions of tons of greens for both human and animals. Many driers still operate. His invention led to hundreds of dryers. That points to another reason he deserves nomination.
For More than 40 Years, We have Used His Design
Over the last 75 years, dryers based on Charles F. Schnabel’s research produced billions of dollars in animal feeds as well as billions in human food supplements. Our own company recently invested more than $4 million for two new dryers based on Schnabel’s design. We use them only for drying cereal grass and alfalfa as human food. Other growers also use Schnabel-inspired dryers for cereal grass as human food.
As a Humanitarian, Charles Schnabel Deserves Nomination
Farmers worldwide harvest about 40,000 acres of cereal grass each year for human food. Cereal grass for the natural food industry comes from Kansas, Iowa, Colorado, Utah, Montana, Florida, New York and California.
Besides the U.S., Farmers grow of grasses for human food in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Ecuador, Germany, India and Russia.
Schnabel’s ideas resulted in the design of their dryers. The best growers also based their methods on what Schnable found as the to achieve the highest food value. All those who have better health because of Schnabel’s work would also urge his nomination.
Some Even Try to Grow Wheatgrass in their Homes!
Millions of people worldwide also grow wheatgrass in their homes or in greenhouses. This method of growing cereal grass is nothing like what Schnabel used.
Even so, books and literature in support of this highly unnatural way to grow cereal grass often refer to Charles F. Schnabel as “the father of wheatgrass.”
Those authors would also support his nomination. This popular trend results in wheatgrass grown for human food in kitchens of just about every country on earth.
When I first started my life’s work in 1975, I reviewed many research studies by Charles F. Schnabel. Most regarded using cereal grass as an animal food.
His research as well as research by doctors and hospitals proved cereal grass proved its value as a human food. That extensive body of research has severed to created even more in the nearly 90 years since Schnabel started his work.
Certainly, dozens of papers published in medical journals that inspired me more than 40 years ago. In nearly every case, the medical research used cereal grass provided by Schnabel.
We Carry on the Tradition of Cerophyl Laboratories
In order to make this miraculous food available to more people, Schnabel started Cerophyl Laboratories in the 1930s. Cerophyl produced “the world’s first” vitamin tablets and powder. At about the same time Schnabel studied the health benefits of cereal grass, other scientists discovered many new vitamins. Schnabel applied these new vitamin analysis protocols to dried cereal grass harvested at the jointing stage.
In nearly every case, he found that cereal grass contained a higher level of vitamins than other foods. With all the vitamins in the news, people clamored for a way to increase the vitamins in their diets. Schnabel’s Cerophyl was the answer. With the recommended 20 tablets per day, people could receive their daily needs of most of the known vitamins. His research spawned dozens of books and more than 80 years of use of cereal grass. That alone dictates his nomination.
Schnabel and the World’s First Vitamin
Cerophyl’s market took off immediately. Nearly every drug store carried it. Due to the onslaught of articles in medical journals and the AMA’s approval of it as a food, doctors routinely prescribed Cerophyl to patients. Cerophyl also had a growing international market. Several dryers in Kansas worked at maximum capacity to harvest thousands of acres of cereal grass at the jointing stage to keep up with the demand. Cerophyl was a popular brand name for two decades.
No One Thought about Vitamin Pills until Schnabel Introduced Cerophyl
In the 1950s, the widespread popularity of Cerophyl started to wane with the introduction of One-A-Day Vitamins. It was an era that praised “the miracles of modern science.” People reasoned that it was better to take one tablet of synthetic vitamins per day than to obtain their vitamins from a natural food source by taking twenty Cerophyl tablets.
The popularity of Cerophyl gave way to synthetic vitamins that people thought were better and easier to take. Schnabel tried to beat the trend. He developed a version of Cerophyl, fortified with synthetic vitamins, so the consumer could reduce the daily dosage from twenty tablets to four, but this second product had limited success. Although Cerophyl continued a market to long-time customers, it was not until our company, Pines International, reintroduced dried cereal grass (specifically wheatgrass). Starting in 1976, Pines marketed Schnabel’s product as a dark green leafy vegetables. After that, the use of cereal grass as a human food began to increase again.
Schnabel’s Cerophyl Returned as Pines Wheat Grass
Since starting Pines International, scores of other companies worldwide have copied our message. They have developed products with cereal grass as either the only ingredient or the main one. If you walk into any large natural food store today, you will find a section called “green foods” with dozens of products that contain cereal grass. You will find quotes from Charles F. Schnabel and references to his research in the literature of most of these products. You will find books about growing your own wheatgrass that credit Charles F. Schnabel. You will find trays of greenhouse grown wheatgrass in the stores. You will also find trays of wheatgrass in nearly every juice shop in shopping malls throughout the world. Because of all this activity and books, when you Google, “Charles F. Schnabel,” you find nearly 500,000 references to him and to his work including a Wikipedia article about him.
His Nomination is Personal for the Stockholders of Pines
For me and for more than 100 stockholders of Pines International, we owe our company’s success to Charles F. Schnabel. Hundreds of employees and farmers at Pines International over the years have benefited because of his work. Farmers and companies employ workers around the world because of his work. Millions of people use dehydrated cereal grass each day or grow wheatgrass in their kitchen based on books that call Charles F. Schnabel “the father of wheatgrass.”
We Urge the Nomination and Induction of Charles Schnabel
Considering 75 years of improved health for both animals and humans as a result Charles F. Schnabel’s research and the economic impact that grew out of it, Schnabel’s contribution to both animal and human nutrition has made him one of the great pioneers of agriculture during the 20th Century. It is with heartfelt appreciation for his work, that I nominated Charles F. Schnabel, Sr., to the Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Co-Founder of Pines Internaional
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