“Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet deficiencies which cannot be remedied until the depleted soils from which our foods come are brought into proper mineral balance?”
“our soils which are seriously deficient in trace minerals, cannot produce plant life competent to maintain our needs and with the continuous cropping and shipping away of these trace minerals and concentrates, the condition becomes worse.”
“Laboratory tests prove that the fruits, the vegetables, the grains, the eggs and even the milk and meats of today are not what they were a few generations ago. No man of today can eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply his system with the minerals he requires for perfect health”
“This discovery is one of the latest and most important contributions of science to the problem of human health”
Sound shocking? It certainly is, and even more so when you realize that these excerpts were taken from a government document written back in 1936. Well, we can’t say we haven’t been warned. We just don’t seem to be listening, though.
Another alarm about the state of our soil was rung in 1977 when an Indian Department of Agriculture claimed “in the future, we will not be able to rely any more on our premise that the consumption of a varied balanced diet will provide all the essential trace minerals because such a diet will be very difficult to obtain for millions of people.”
Since these warnings were sounded, the situation has gotten worse and continues to deteriorate. Part of the problem of soil depletion is that we all seemed to feel that our rich soil was infinite and so proper precautions were not taken. Modern agriculture continues to exhaust the soil by planting the same crop year after year and by using fertilizer containing only nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Soil erosion which occurs naturally has also robed our rich topsoil of minerals. The result is that the food now being grown lacks some of the basic minerals needed to sustain life.
According to the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, Indian soil is 76% depleted, Europe is 72% depleted, South America is 76% depleted and both the U.S. and Canada are 85% depleted of minerals, compared to 100 years ago. Australia is the least depleted at 55% – still nothing to be proud of.
Why is this such a problem? Because the earth is our only source of minerals. Here’s how it works: as rock formations containing minerals are broken down after years of erosion, this mineral laden dust and sand becomes part of the soil. We then get our minerals second-hand from eating plants that have grown in this soil or the meat (or eggs or milk) of plant-eating animals.
While we like to think our soil is rich in minerals, we’ve been warned time and time again that it’s no longer true. It has been robbed of much of its mineral wealth over the centuries and that, in turn, robs us of our health as we’ll soon see.