07 Mar In Case You Missed It #21 – The Soil Will Save Us
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The Soil Will Save Us
This May Be One Of the Most Important Episodes I’ve Ever Recorded!
- Why I say fruit is not a health food…
- Why I personally eat loads of vegetables and virtually zero fruit…
- Why it is so difficult to be a healthy vegetarian/ vegan without supplements…
- How Soil works and Plants grow…
- How mono-cropping is worse for the environment than farming animals will ever be…
- How animals can save the world…
Fact To Remember:
All the nutrients you consume in your daily diet come from soil… Period.
The Scary Facts, Right Off the Bat!:
In the past 50 years, the nutrient density of our food has decreased by anywhere from 15%-65% depending on the specific food…
- Copper declined by 76%
- Calcium declined by 46%
- Iron declined by 27%
- Magnesium declined by 24%
- Potassium declined by 16%
The Average, taken from 10 different kinds of meat:
- Copper declined by 24%
- Calcium by 41%
- Iron by 54%
- magnesium by 10%
- Potassium by 16%
Compared to food in the year 1940, to match micronutrients, in 2019 a human would have to consume:
- 2x as much meat
- 3x times as much fruit
- 4x times as many vegetables.
- 3x more Protein
- 12x more Vitamin A
- 10x more Vitamin C
- 1/5th the Net Carbs
- 1/6th the Sugar…
- Banana wins on one micronutrient… Potassium… oh and it wins by a measly 1%.
Because I could eat 6 times more broccoli before matching the sugar content of the banana!
- 4x more Protein
- 4x more Potassium
- 12x more Vitamin A
- 9x more Vitamin C
- 3x more Iron
- 5x more Magnesium
- 1/2 the Net Carbohydrates
- Oh, and I could still eat 6x more broccoli before matching the sugar content of blueberries!
How Soil Works:
- Lack of diversity leads to the destruction of soil.
- Lower nutrient cycling from fungi to plants means smaller yields of crops.
- Smaller yields mean farmers increase the use of synthetic (nutrient-poor) fertilizers
- Increased use of synthetic fertilizer spurs the decline of mycorrhizal fungi and soil biology.
- More weeds grow.. in a desperate attempt to restore diversity…
- Which leads to more herbicide spraying
- And the vicious cycle continues…
An Important Note: Herbicides are also chelators, which means they bind to micronutrients and make them unavailable to the plants. Namely, Zinc, Manganese, Copper, Magnesium, and iron.
Oddly enough, calcium and iron both rank among the most common micronutrient deficiences in Vegans and Vegetarians. What a coincidence…
What Can We Do?!: