the United States and throughout the world there is a widespread lack
of adequate nutrition in both in the agricultural soils in which food
is grown and in harvested food. A critical need exists to halt the alarming
declines in the world’s supply of topsoil and to increase the
nutritional values of or food.
The last 50 years has resulted in the destruction of over 50% of our supply of topsoil needed for food production. Extensive topsoil has been lost through the overuse of inorganic fertilizers, erosion and farming practices that deplete soil nutrients.
nutrient values of harvested food are linked to the biological activity
of soil microbes, soil organic matter, the mineral composition of the
soil, fertilization practices and the genetics of the plant. Exhausted
soils depleted of needed minerals and organic material cannot grow healthy,
nutrient rich food.
year decline in the mineral content of one apple....
The human body needs nutritious food to stay healthy. Food is the body’s main source of energy. Nutrients in food are needed to sustain life. Our diet, the food we eat, is the source of nutrients for all our body’s biochemical processes. The essential nutrients come from plants – fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and animals – meat, eggs and diary foods. Traditional Diets Compared to 20th Century Diets....
the nutrient density of harvested foods has declined significantly over
the past 100 years. At the same time, food consumers are becoming increasingly
interested in wellness and the prevention of disease. Change is needed
to create incentives for growers to produce food with nutrient levels
adequate to sustain the health of our families.
To maintain good health, humans need good food with both vitamins and minerals. According to the USDA, Americans lack the minerals, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and the vitamins A, C, D, and E. Without needed minerals and vitamins, research has shown that people develop chronic health conditions. More and more nutritional studies have linked many of today’s most prevalent disease to nutritional deficiencies. Changes in the Nutritional Content of Beef and Chicken....
Nutritional research has revealed the critical inter-relationship between vitamins and minerals and optimum health. Both vitamins and minerals are needed to maintain human health. We obtain them by eating food from plants and animals. Deaths from Heart Disease....
Minerals may be more vital to physical and mental health than vitamins.
Minerals assist the body in a multitude of biochemical processes. Minerals
are inorganic compounds found in the soil. Foods grown on soils depleted
of minerals do not contain the mineral needed to sustain human health.
go Down, Disease goes up....
“The alarming fact is that food – fruits and vegetables and grains –now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contains enough of certain needed nutrients, are starving us no matter how much we eat of them.” U S Senate Document 264, 1936
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