This should be self-evident, but i was unable to find a single closely related thread on ATS. i chose Medical Issues & Conspiracies, due to the vast
implications on health and because it fits neatly into the age of degenerative disease.
Modern Agriculture heavily depends on artificial fertilisers, without them, only a fraction of our current amount of crops could be grown on Earth, i
consider this a canon fact.
Now, these fertilisers only supply a narrow range of nutrients, enough to make the plants
grow, while rarer minerals can only drawn from the
soil's depleting reserves, inevitably resulting in exhaustion of trace elements required by animals - and us!
The predictable consequence is lack of vitality and untraceable ailments which can't seem to be cured at any cost but may miraculously vanish once
the victims geta boost of micronutrients, be it on accident or intentionally due to vitamin and/or alternative health craze. Coincidentially, this is
exactly what we're seeing throughout the world today, isn't it?! The logic behind soil mineral depletion is compelling, if you grow ten times the
amount of crops on the same soil, overall nutritional value per pound will drop to one tenth - neglecting the effect of establishing crop fields in
naturally unviable areas through means of irrigation and fertilisation. Crops from these areas will offer even less nutritional value since they
started out primarily unusable in the first place.
Senate Document No. 264, 1936
"Most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet deficiencies. The alarming fact is that foods - fruits and vegetables and grains - are
now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contain enough of certain needed minerals. No matter how much of them we eat, these foods
are starving us!...
It is bad news to learn from our leading authorities that 99 percent of the North American people are deficient in (vital) minerals, and that a marked
deficiency in any of the more important minerals actually results in disease."
So, there, this was 1936, welcome to 2006, perhaps you'd like to know what fertilizer usually contains and about the side effects of mineral
depletion on plants
Commercial fertilizers were introduced in 1908. Was the soil depletion problem solved? Not by a long shot! Study any commercial fertilizer by
reviewing the ingredients listed on the package. You will see nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (NPK) and most times, nothing more. Why? It's
a known fact that you can raise most crops and plants with what little nutrients are still in the soil, and NPK.
Most farmers never put back more than 8 minerals. In the first place, more than 8 minerals would be nearly impossible to obtain. Secondly, farmers
get paid to produce maximum yield per acre, not maximum nutrition, so why bother with producing healthy food?
In addition to causing mineral depletion fertilizers also weaken the crop which in turns makes it more subject to insects. This in turn forces the
farmers to use toxic chemicals to kill the insects.
Dr Jerome Weisner, Science Councillor to John F. Kennedy stated way back in 1963 that "The use of pesticides is more dangerous than atomic
His words are simply a deafening reverberation from those of Rachel Carson in her incisive work of 1962, 'Silent Spring', where she says "We are
rightly appalled by the genetic effects of radiation...How then, could we be indifferent to the same effect from farm chemicals used freely in the
So, i should have made myself clear by now, in fact i came up with the issue on my own, and i was frankly flummoxed by the lack of attention on this
forum. a statistic for you before i write my comment:
mineral depletion during the last 100 years
North America - 85%
South America - 76%
Asia - 76%
Africa - 74%
Europe - 72%
Australia - 55%
Ok, we have a true problem at our hands, one which was apparently swept completely under the rug, or how would you explain that some people are
contemplating the use of crops for fuel production? Blow our last essential minerals through the chimney? If this isn't the definition of insanity
then i don't know what it is! There are many more examples, like destroying food due to low market prices, and of course, OVERPRODUCTION, preferably
I think the remedies are obvious, measure the amounts of minerals that remain and trace them, so food production can be optimised for mineral and
vitamin retention. This probably means eating more raw and less refined food, but there really is no option, is there?
Awareness is key.
PS: i will add a final thought, namely that obesity
might be partially caused by the desire to eat to mineral level, neglecting calories...
[edit on 26-2-2006 by Long Lance]