Industrial farming is rapidly emerging as a significant cause of micronutrient deficiencies in the population, especially of trace minerals.
Soil contains several hundred nutrients and other mineral salts that plants absorb. When we eat these plants, or animals which have been fed on these plants, our bodies retain them.
In natural ecosystems, the plants are returned to the soil and all the minerals find their way back into the soil. However, that does not happen in our industrial farms anymore.
Crops are harvested and the soil is replenished with fertilizers that do not have the sheer diversity of minerals and salts that the soil contains. The fertilizers contain just some of the salts that are needed to ensure good plant growth and a good yield. Continue reading