It’s a well known fact that in early childhood, food preferences are most influenced by primary caregivers…
Organics – As above so below
We need to recognise the vital relationship between soil nutrition and the nutrition of plants, animals and man.
Soil – Soil is the base from which plants get their nutrition and the base of all life.
Plants – Can’t be healthy without healthy soil.
Animals – Animals live off plants and can only be as healthy as the plants they eat.
Man – Man eats animals and plants and can only be as healthy as the plants and animals they eat.
The Soil Is Alive!
Top soil is the earth’s digestive system, and whatever you do to the earth’s digestive system, you automatically do to yours.
It’s important to know that 1 gram of healthy soil has 600 million microorganisms of thousand of species, and just as in your gut, they need a balance of 80% friendly to 20% unfriendly bacteria. (1)
Microorganisms perform functions such as..
- Providing plants with ALL the same enzymes, steroids and hormones that are found in people.
- Make nutrients available to plants in the soil.
- Retain water in the soil and regulate temperature so plants don’t die.
- Providing plants with their immune system.
The British Soil Association did a 21 year study comparing organic to non organic farming. They found an 85% increase in microorganism activity in organic soil.
…..This means 85% of plant’s immune system, protein, vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and hormones in non organic food are all gone!
Earth Worms produce tons of nutrient dense castings consumed by microorganisms, and therefore immediately available for plants. Worms are the most important organisms to a farm and their population must be maintained.
The most used chemical fertiliser in the world is NPK fertiliser. This is a salt, and when you put salt on a worm you kill it.
In America alone by 1945 they had sprayed 200, 000 pounds of chemicals.
By the year 2000 they had sprayed 2 billion pounds of chemicals and crop losses have doubled. (2)
The FDA currently list chemicals used in food production from ground to stomach is 10,000 – 15,000.(3)
Spray chemicals killing off microorganisms, and you will deplete soils.
Plants like beggars suck up chemical fertilisers because they are starving to death, swell up over size, have shiny colours and we eat them and wonder why we are sick and tired all the time.
A study done on the typical New Zealand school lunch found 19 pesticide residues, many of which were 10 times the safe limit for a week’s consumption. (4)
The apples contained chemicals such as:
chlorpyrifos – endocrine disruptors which impair immune response, produce reproductive abnormalities and damage developing CNS and brain.
captan – impair immune system, carcinogenic.
iprodione – carcinogenic.
vinclozolin.- carcinogenic, endocrine and reproductive disruptor, dermatitis (5) (6)
A study of 110 Washington state children, found children eating primarily organic food had significantly lower organophosphorus pesticide (immune system disruptor) exposure. Only the children eating mainly organic food had pesticide levels below the EPAs safe level. (7)
Organic vs Non organic
A study from Mother Earth News compared the nutrient levels in eggs from Poly Face Farm run by Joel Salatin and the USDA standard eggs in stores.. Salatin farms are run with a mimicry of nature using pasture based, organic methods. The research showed..
Poly Face Farm – Folic acid 1,037mg, VE 7.37mg, B carotene 76mcg, V A 763.IU, Folate 10200 mcg
USDA standard – Folic acid 37mg, V E 0.97mg, B carotene 10mcg, V A 487.IU , Folate 47mcg
Below is one of Salatin’s TEDx talks that has over 7.4 million subscribers.
Dr King in 1910 investigated Chinese farming systems and the research showed that the average Chinese family using manual technologies, could comparatively support 240 people, 24 donkeys and 24 pigs to 1 conventional 40 acre farm that American conventional farmers regard as too small for a single family.
Don’t be convinced we can’t go to organic farming.
Arpad Pusztai was hired to conduct studies on a genetically modified (GM) potatoes with GNA added (found in a flower) to increase resistance to insects.
The research showed the potatoes had significantly less protein, starch, glucose, and significantly different anti-nutrients.
The potatoes were also associated with abnormal organ development in rats and he recommended further research needs to be done. (8)
Pusztai reported his findings stating, “It is very unfair to use fellow citizens as Guinea pigs and GM foods should be properly tested before they are approved”.
Pusztai was hired to show genetically modified foods were safe but when he exposed his results showed otherwise, he lost his funding and assistants. (8)
The belief that conventionally grown produce has the same nutritional value as organic food is virtually impossible when you consider what organic farming entails.
The British Soil Association analysed 109 studies on organic and conventional foods and found only 27 of the studies were valid comparisons almost all of which, found organic foods significantly more nutrient dense. (9)
Studies can be seen on the Eat Wild website maintained by Jo Robinson that show organic grass fed and finished beef has 300% more riboflavin than grain fed beef. Grass fed is also 4x higher in vitamin E, higher in omega 3 fats, B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, beta carotene etc..(10)
One of the largest studies on organic food, The Haughley Experiment, found plant proteins may or may not contain certain amino acids essential for human and animal nutrition depending upon the soil conditions in which the plant is grown. Cows fed organic produce consistently eat less and produce more milk.(11)
All organic foods are not the same standard. As seen in the above organic farm structure, farms are owned by large companies like Pepsico, Coca Cola, Heinz.
We have gone from 5 organic farming certifications in 1996 to 95 certifications now, most of which just require a fee to achieve certification.
Almost all of the certifications are owned by the major food processing companies that also sponsor the nutritional programs at almost all major universities. (12)
They test their own commercial foods against their own bogus organic foods usually in universities they have ties to.
Edward O Wilson showed in his book The Future of Life that modern man, in the last 40 years has done more damage and killed more species than all of man before him.
From the soil up, organic farming is better for the environment. Modern chemicals are destroying our soils, resulting in destruction of plants, animals and ultimately the humans dependent upon them.
Composting food waste and growing some of your own produce is a worthy hobby. Some great information is put out by people like homesteader Justin Rhodes who has a youtube blog.
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1. CMM de Souza Silva, Effect of Salinity on Soil Microorganisms
2. Paul Raeburn, The Last Harvest: The Genetic Gamble that Threatens to Destroy American Agriculture
3. Kellas, William and Dworkin, Andrea. Surviving in a Toxic World. Olivenhain, CA: Professional Preference, 1996
4. White, Alison. “Children, Pesticides and Cancer” The Ecologist Vol. 28, No. 2, March/ April, 1998
5. Schafer, Kristin. Nowhere to Hide; Persistent Toxic Chemicals in the U.S. Food Supply. San Francisco, CA: Pesticide Action Network, 2001
6. Solomon, Gina M.D. Pesticides and Human Health. A Resource for Health Care Professionals. Physicians for Social Responsibility and Californians for Pesticide Reform, 2000. Available online at: www.psrla.org/pesthealth.htm.
7. Curl, Cynthia, et. al. “Organophosphorus pesticide exposure of urban and suburban pre-school children with organic and conventional diets.” Journal of the National Institute of Enviromental Health Science. Online October, 31, 2002:http://dx.doi.org.
8. Weaver, Sean (interview of Arpad Pusztai). “The Political Science of GE Foods.” Organic NZ Vol. 60, No. 3, May/ June 2001.
9. Heaten, Shane, Organic Farming, Food Quality and Human Health Report. British Soil Association, 2001
10. Jo Robinson, eatwild.com
11. Balfour, E.B. The Haughley Experiment. London: Faber and Faber LTD, 1975
12. M Nestle, Public Health Nutrition, Vol 5, Issue 05, October 2001, pp 1015 – 1022