Martin and Scott talk about the disasters that afflict our food producing systems.
It’s a fact. Our soils are depleted and depleted soils do not produce healthy, nutrient-rich plants.
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It’s also a fact that crops produced in depleted soils are more prone to the invasion of insects, viruses, fungi, etc. Insects and infectious organisms were designed to get rid of unhealthy vegetation and they do not typically attack truly healthy plants. Much of the modern world is now aware that our industrialized methods of farming have not only depleted the soils, but they have created a cycle which requires pesticides to protect the unhealthy crops grown on depleted soils.
And who suffers? We all do! There are more than 70 trace minerals necessary to produce healthy, nutrient-rich crops, yet the most current farming methods routinely put back only 3 to 5 of them. And that’s only a part of the problem. Inorganic (synthetic/dead), ammonium based fertilizers along with herbicides and pesticides, kill the precious microorganisms in the soil which are unquestionably essential to the creation of organic (meaning carbon-based/living) mineral complexes. Not only have we used up the available trace minerals in our soils (those in the form of organic complexes), but we have destroyed the means of replenishing them (soil-based microorganisms).