We have been led to believe that chemicals are more useful than they are harmful. But studies showing up in our Health Surveys indicate otherwise.
A recent National Health Survey has indicated that 11.4 million Australians now have a chronic disease. That’s a shocking figure of nearly half the Australian population. Various studies today are beginning to show evidence of a number of diseases, directly or indirectly related to the overuse of chemicals in food production and farming. It doesn’t take much imagination to see how our future will look if we stay on the same path.
How do I know if I’m eating nutrient dense food?
Nutrient dense food looks much the same as nutrient devoid food, which is how chemicals have become so widely used in our food production. The chemical content is out of sight and out of mind. Fresh produce that has been grown with artificial fertilisers are usually larger, and more watery. This is due to the plants adaption methods it undertakes in order to assimilate the artificial substances. Otherwise it is difficult to tell nutrient dense food apart from other food at most times which means you would need to ask your fresh food supplier how the food is farmed.
How does Nutrient Dense Food differ?
Nutrient dense food contains the full spectrum of minerals and trace elements that the human body needs and can only exist as a result of being grown in a healthy soil microbiome. That is soil full of life.
A healthy soil microbiome, is soil that has been built using organic methods and farmed using regenerative principals. The type of soil that is key to ‘real’ human health. Living soil is the foundation and the only place where nutrient dense food is grown.
When you eat nutrient dense food, you don’t need to eat as much.
You get hungry because your body needs minerals. A balance of body minerals helps the body function optimally. If each time you eat food that is devoid of minerals, you will not be satisfied on a physiological level, and the body will crave more food.
How do minerals get into the food?
Quality soil contains living microorganisms, beneficial microbes that are destroyed by chemicals and artificial fertilisers. These microbes, however, are the invisible workers in the soil that enable nutrients to be delivered into the plant. There is such a complex web of microbes and fungis that occupy the soil, science is only just beginning to scratch the surface.
A REAL Health Insurance Policy
Chemical free farming is critically important when it comes to good human health and the future health of our planet. Humans need to give nature back to nature, and let nature rule. Humans rules are too distructive. Regeneration is Crucial on the planet today. It makes sence then, that we start to take the steps required to support the regeneration of nature.
How can we support regenerative farming?
1. Find out where your fresh food is coming from and local farms that can supply you. Ask them about their farming methods. Let them know you are looking for food grown in chemical or synthetic free soil.
2. Investigate what ‘organic’ means in your country. In some countries the ‘organic’ criteria means farms are allowed to use synthetic fertilisers.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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. Sonja from SONIC Natural Farming 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.