I believe nutrient dense food saved my life. In 2007, for no obvious reason, my body became completely depleted and exhausted and suddenly I was bed-ridden with a host of symptoms. Searching for reasons I travelled down the medical pathway, which included many tests and cost a fortune. The outcome was “we don’t know what is causing your illness, but take these pharmaceutical drugs anyway”.
Shocked by the only option available, I decided to travel instead down the natural therapies pathway, only to find that the pharmaceutical drugs principal was exchanged for (synthetic) vitamin supplements. Supplements for this, and supplements for that. So, I gave it a go for a number of years, only because I was desperate to feel normal again, but they were of little to no help, and yep, cost me a fortune.
1. Nutrient Dense Food Benefits Your Health and the Health of Your Family
I was close to giving up on the whole ‘trying to get well’ thing when the penny dropped. Sometimes it’s not about finding the answer, it’s about asking the right question.
Why aren’t I getting the vitamins and minerals I need from my food?
Even before I was ill I had a ‘clean’ diet, with lots of fresh vegetables and not much in the way of processed foods. It didn’t make sense to me that I was depleted.
Once I had asked myself this question, however, the answer fast tracked me to the soil and the modern ways of farming food. And upon a very minor exploration I could see the appalling amount of chemicals used in our food production and farming.
How did it get to this? This is not what nature intended. Nature is all giving. If it is treated right it ‘naturally’ supports life. Human life, animal life and plant life. Today we have a planet of overweight, undernourished, sick humans, but even worse, we have large masses of land devoid of the goodness needed to grow anything with a nutrient value.
2. Natural Farming can save the Planet from chemical pollution
What’s the difference between dirt and soil? Dirt is generally hard packed or over tilled matter that has very little microbial life or structure. Soil is entirely different. Soil contains an extensive amount of microbial life and mycorrhizal fungi. These are tiny organisms that have a purpose of adapting and transporting nutrients into the plant, so that when an animal or human eats it, they are nourished with minerals. That is natures natural intention. But… artificial chemicals and synthetic fertilisers destroy microbial life in the soil.
Chemical farming does not contribute to a healthy human population
In order to save my life and get real nutrients back into my body I had to make my own vege garden and start producing my own food. So, I studied soil and how it was traditionally ‘built’. I focused on Korean Natural Farming and variations of those methods. The primary focus was farming using little to no inputs. Their principals were simple, affordable and effective. I learnt so much, but I learned the most from just doing it. Gardening became both my savior and my passion.
3. Growing your own food is a REAL Health Insurance Policy
Real food is not just what my body needs, it is what every physical body needs. The list of diseases attributed to a lack of balanced microbiota in the gut includes autoimmune disorders, type 1 diabetes, MS, leaky gut, arthritis, obesity, ADHD, anxiety, depression, asthma, and the list goes on. To shift the paradigm toward creating a healthy world we, as consumers, need to encourage and support our farmers to regenerate their land without chemicals.
How can you support the shift to regenerative farming and nutrient dense food production?
- Find out where your fresh food is coming from and find local farms that can supply nutrient dense food for you. Ask them about their farming methods. Let them know you are looking for food grown in chemical or synthetic free soil.
- See what ‘certified organic’ means in your country. In some countries the ‘organic’ criteria allows the use synthetic fertilisers.
- Eat what is in season. By doing so, it will automatically drive more demand/business toward local producers instead of to overseas imports. By the way ‘everything’ that is classed as food entering Australia is fumigated.
- Buy locally grown and locally supplied. This is the way to move toward regenerative farming quicker. Farmers meet demands. If the demand is for chemical free food, that is where farming will go.
- People have the power. Ask questions, request chemical free food, grow your own!
At the end of the day, farming is all about producing food. Blog author Sonja Kallio writes about supporting farmers and growers to adopt a regenerative approach with growing, to increase the nutrient density of food for a healthy population and a healthy planet.