Food is vital to maintaining good health. Yet we constantly force our bodies to run on substandard fuel. Often we are not completely at fault, we can only do the best we can, with what we have. In this article we look at what has happened to food and what we can do about it.
What’s Up with Food Today?
Apart from the chemicals which are added intentionally, our food is dropping in quality at a remarkable rate. British geologist-turned-nutritionist, David Thomas undertook a study comparing food over a period of 50 years. The results are not pretty:
- All Meats contain 41 percent less Calcium and 54% less Iron.
- All fruits contain 27% less Zinc. russian grocery store
- Carrots have 75% less Magnesium, 48% less Calcium and 46% less Iron.
And this study only measured food up to 1991!
What’s Behind This Drop?
The majority of today’s produce are grown in poor soil. Soil needs time to rebuild itself and unfortunately corporate farms have no time. They need the land producing in order to meet retail deadlines. So instead of the age-old practise of alternating growing fields, chemicals are now dumped into the land in order to make it fertile faster.
Farmers are caught in a vicious circle of production. They add chemical fertilisers to the soil in the hope of increasing crop growth, but ultimately this makes the crops more vulnerable to pests. So more pesticides are used, but the pesticides they use can also affect the soil and its capacity to sustain crops.
Another side effect of using artificial chemicals in fertilisers is that the fertiliser will stimulate the plant to grow, while taking up more heavy metals from the soil such as aluminium, mercury and lead, and in turn these are passed through the food chain to us.
Further adding to the drop in our food’s quality is the practise of transporting food long distances, causing it to need to be sprayed with chemicals to store it for long periods, before it reaches our supermarket shelves. Add to this “Green-Harvesting”, the practise of picking fruits and vegetables “green” before they have time to ripen and for the nutrients to pass from plant to fruit, and it’s not surprising some modern nutritionists say that despite having lots of food, many people in the modern world are starving – for the basic nutrition that used to be in our everyday food.
As we learn about the toxic potential of modern foods, it becomes clear that we need a new approach to what food we put in our bodies, if we are to live a healthy, active life. Returning to good food is easier than you think, here are some simple ways: