How Soil Depletion Leads To An Inadequate Human Diet

23 Aug

If you cast your mind back to your school days, it’s likely that you recall terms like ‘soil rotation’ – the method that farmers use to keep their land healthy.  Unfortunately, soil rotation is largely a method that farmers used.  Each year, part of the farming land would be left empty to allow it to recover nutrients lost in the previous year’s growing.  This piece of land would be changed each year so that every plot remained healthy.

There are many reasons for today’s issue of widespread soil depletion, but corporate farming methods are the primary cause.  By leaving part of their land empty each year, corporate farms make less profit; and so, soil rotation has become a past-tense activity that your own children will probably only hear about in history lessons.

To make up for the lack of soil rotation, corporate farms add NPK (a blend of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) and occasionally calcium.  This ensures that the plants will grow full of calories, water and fiber.  But we don’t eat fresh produce just for calories, water fiber – we eat them for valuable nutrients.  While a plant will grow with NPK as a minimum requirement, these three things do not provide the nutrients that we require from our fresh produce in order to remain healthy.

The fact is, trace minerals are missing or at least deficient in most fresh produce.  If these minerals weren’t present in the soil, they cannot miraculously appear in the grown plant.  This means that no matter how many fruits and vegetables you eat each day, it is simply impossible to supply your body with the minerals you need.

One study by Paul Bergner examined the decline of mineral and vitamin content of fresh produce from 1963 to 1992.  His results showed that in oranges, apples, bananas, carrots, potatoes, corn, tomatoes, celery, romaine lettuce, broccoli, iceberg lettuce, collard greens and chard there were the following average changes:

Calcium = -29.82% decline

Iron = -32% decline

Magnesium = 21.08% decline

Phosphorus = 11.09% decline

Potassium = 6.48% decline

This is just one example of why it is no longer a luxury, but an absolute necessity for anyone who wants to remain healthy, to supplement your diet with a high-quality multivitamin.

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