“The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself” —FDR

SoilAndEarthThe soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life.

–Wendell Berry

Everything on earth and the solar system is based on 96 natural elements.

Thirty mineral nutrients are indispensable elements that underpin all biochemistry and life. They govern the activity of key enzymes and biochemical processes essential to the health of all organisms.

They can only be obtained from rocks and the soil derived from them.

In nature, soil microbes and fungi work with plants to dissolve minerals and make them available to sustain plant growth. These microbes selectively take up correct amounts and ratios of mineral nutrients that plants and animals need.

They also selectively prevent the uptake of toxic elements from the soil solution.

Prior to WWII the health and nutrient value of most agricultural plants and animals depended on these microbial uptake processes.

But following WWII, inputs of ‘miraculous’ chemical fertilizers and pesticides increased at great rates.

High levels of fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides began killing the mycorrhizal symbionts that had previously sustained the natural solubility, uptake and cycling of essential nutrients.

Heavy cultivation and resultant topsoil loss through wind and water erosion has added to the destruction of these vital microbial communities.

Consequently, most plants grown under industrial agriculture today are totally dependent on chemical fertilizer inputs and contain very high levels of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium—but little or none of the other 27 essential and trace elements!

Thus, we also lack those nutrients and trace elements. Selenium, for example, is an essential nutrient—required in tiny amounts—for enzymes that kill cancer cells. Yet the food we generally eat does not contain such nutrients.

Plants can also contain high concentrations of the toxic elements that go into the soil because the protective microbial membranes are no longer there to exclude them.

Many (little publicized) studies have confirmed that most of today’s industrial food has only about one-third the nutrient concentration of equivalent foods prior to WWII—which no doubt contributes enormously to the onslaught of chronic, debilitative diseases we see today.

If former president Franklyn D. Roosevelt recognized in the 1940s that “the nation that destroys its soil destroys itself,” why have we, in the ignorance and sloth of the ‘progressive’ 21st century, allowed ourselves to become victims of a food system that is destroying our brains and bodies?

That is why we should give credit to and learn about the few dedicated farmers who are restoring soil and providing clean, organic food, fertilized by microorganisms. They are the ‘Davids’ vs. the powerful food and chemical ‘Goliaths’ of our time.

That is why we need to feed our soil and grow whatever food we can. That is why we need to seek out good, whole food supplements to provide the nutrients we’re missing.

The lives, well-being and future of our land, our children and grandchildren depend on our decisions and actions to restore a healthy and balanced food and farming system.

Source: Soilsforlife.org.au

 

 

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