It is time to dispel some myths. The store bought food we eat is not the nutrient rich powerhouse it once was. Constant and repeated cycles of plantings and harvestings of the same crops in the same location have depleted the soil of trace minerals and organic nutrients. The introduction of synthetic fertilizers into the soil has decimated the micro-organisms and their habitat in the soil. These micro-organisms are Mother Nature’s soil-producing engines. The engine, with very few exceptions, is now broken.
Man, in his infinite wisdom and push for more, more, more, has chosen a path of un-sustainability. The food we eat now is grown in inert matter (resembling soil), that is then sprayed with chemical fertilizers. The plants are force-fed a cocktail of chemicals to make them produce vegetables and fruits that look like food but contain minimal nutrient content, there-in. The cellulose structure of the plant has been created without filling in the nutrient content, all for the purpose of mass production. Nutrient deficient food leaves everyone full but starves us all.
According to a University of Colorado study, the food we eat today has declined in nutrient value approximately 60% over the last 100 years. We would have to eat at least double what we eat today to match the nutrient density of what our grandparents ate. Our food is lacking the vitally important vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals that are necessary for good health. USDA figures corroborate the decline in mineral and vitamin content of fruits and vegetables between the years 1963-1992 as follows: magnesium content is down 21.08%; calcium content is down 29.82%, iron content is down 32.0%; phosphorus content is down 11.09%; potassium content is down 6.48%. Our grandparents ate approximately 130 pounds of “home-grown” vegetables every year compared to only 11 pounds of “store-bought” vegetables the average person eats today.
On average, only 11% of Americans eat 2 fruits and 3 vegetables every day! When you combine the reduced consumption of fruits and vegetable with the lack of nutrients in the foods we eat, the potential health problems are not difficult to imagine, especially when you consider the cumulative effect over a person’s lifetime.
CONNECT THE DOTS…
1. Soil is depleted of nutrients inherent to proper plant development and fruit/vegetable nutrition
2. People eat 1/10 the “home-grown” vegetables and fruits that we did 100 years ago.
3. We currently suffer in an epidemic of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic fatigue syndrome,
attention deficit disorder, constant tremors, weak bones, fatigue, challenged immune systems,
and an overall lack of well-being. World Health Organization research shows 80% of the world
suffers from iron deficiency (fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, headache, coldness of hands
and feet, pale skin, chest pain), potassium deficiency (muscle cramping, weakness, constipation,
bloating, poor concentration)and zinc deficiency(decreased function of immune system, loss of
WHAT TO DO…
What is obvious is that continuing down the current course will most certainly lead to illness, premature
death and the destruction of our species.
If we choose to limit our chances of contracting one or more of these diseases, we must begin by
ingesting more vegetables and fruits in our diets.
If we choose to eat more vegetables and fruits to re-invigorate and replenish ourselves, the vegetables
and fruits must be of a more nutrient and mineral dense nature.
If we choose to create more nutrient and mineral dense vegetables and fruits, the plants must absorb
the vitamins and minerals from a soil more rich in vitamins and minerals created by the micro-organisms
in the soil.
If we choose to create a more vitamin and mineral rich soil in which to plant our vegetables and fruits,
we can no longer take short cuts in the feeding of our plants. We must feed the micro-organisms in the
soil so they can create the necessary food for our plants, thus completing the circle.