When More Is Not Better
In a world where more means better, when it comes to most things natural, including our foods, we really need to rethink that. Research is repeatedly showing our foods declining in nutrients. This affects the animals we eat that eat them, the veggies we eat, and the bees, butterflies and bird populations that also rely on this food source. While humankind has been able to grow foods in greater masses and even in places and ways it wouldn’t normally thrive, the trade off is the nutrients it will yield. In crop production, more does not mean better.
Declines in nutrients ranged between 6-38% in all 43 foods tested in a 2004 specific study. We have been breeding broccoli, wheat, corn, tomatoes all with the focus on volume rather than the nutrients its Gods given purpose was to be. All have declined in nutrient density from vitamin C, protein, magnesium, iron, calcium and more. Because the industry’s primary focus is on crop volume, there is not a lot of research as to why they are coming far less nutrient. Some theories explored is that the rate plants are being encouraged to grow requires sugar (also worth noting is high much sweeter everything from a carrot to an apple now is as they’ve been purposelessly bred for sugar AKA sweetness AKA more appealing for sales) which means the plant “pops” up with sugars and compromised nutrients. While CO2 is widely understood to be essential for plants, global warming is raising this in the atmosphere and seems to be playing a negative part in this. Not all plants are created equal, and some need more and some need less CO2. When CO2 is shown to be too high, it’s been shown to drive down important minerals like calcium, potassium, zinc and iron in many food stocks which we and other critters need in our foods.
This is a very fascinating article with more info and startling revelations.