Nutrition & Soil Health

Due to the lack of nutrition in commercially produced food, a large number of the world`s population have turned to daily nutritional supplements for health, vitality and longevity. On the other side of the spectrum, there are many people that stay far away from synthetically produced “health” products sold by the profiteering Big Pharma industry due to their potentially negative health impacts.

The fact is that agriculture and farming has depleted the Earth`s soil quality and if the nutrients are not present in the soil, it will not be present in the produce. See how plants take nutrients out of the soil. An experiment conducted by Professor Allen Barker from Stockbridge School of Agriculture suggests that what’s critical in growing mineral-rich produce is not the type of fertilizer used, but rather the quality and quantity of nutrients provided.

The seven major classes of nutrients are: carbohydrates, fats, fiber, minerals, proteins, vitamins, and water. Nutrients are chemical components found in food which enable us to grow, survive and thrive. They provide energy; are necessary for body structure like muscle, organs and bones; and help to regulate body functions like blood pressure; pH balance; metabolism and perspiration to name a few. Sufficient nutrient intake will ensure a balanced body and a state of homeostasis.

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Food vs. Supplements: Soil Health Wins

It is not just hippies, greenies and conspiracy theorists that opt for organic, nutrient-rich, homegrown or locally produced fresh produce anymore. Soil science shows we can have nutrient rich food if we have nutrient rich soil. The exciting part is that there are practical ways of improving soil health that have a myriad of other benefits e.g. with bokashi you can easily turn all your food waste into soil food while radically reducing the waste you send to the landfill.

Most people don’t have the land or means to start growing their own food, or do they?

We are inspired by some of the inner city movements of roof top veggie gardens and balconies bursting with boxes of nutritious produce. If you have a garden, why not transform a piece of lawn into a vegetable patch; you will be surprised to see the quantity of food you can get out of a relatively small garden! You will also be able to share the surplus with your neighbors and friends; uplifting your community in a healthy way. It`s true what Ron Finley says “growing your own food is like printing your own money”.

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