The Nerw Food Fron­tier

A GROW­ING MOVE­MENT IN FARM­ING IS PRO­DUC­ING FOOD THAT IS MORE NU­TRI­TIOUS WHILE RE­DUC­ING POL­LU­TION AND RESTOR­ING HEALTH TO LAND, WA­TER, CROPS, AN­I­MALS, AND AIR

Better Nutrition - - CONTENTS - BY VERA TWEED

It turns out that go­ing or­ganic was just the tip of the ice­berg. Find out about an ex­cit­ing new agri­cul­tural move­ment that’s pro­duc­ing more nu­tri­tious food by restor­ing health to the land, wa­ter, and air.

Thou­sands of years ago, agri­cul­ture started chang­ing civ­i­liza­tion. As hu­mans fig­ured out ways to grow crops and do­mes­ti­cate an­i­mals, they stopped be­ing hunters and gath­er­ers who con­tin­u­ally moved around on a never- end­ing search for food and shel­ter, and cre­ated com­mu­ni­ties with dis­tinct cul­tures. And even­tu­ally, we ended up where we are to­day.

While in­dus­trial farm­ing on a grand scale has be­come very effi cient, it has de­graded the qual­ity of soil. “As the soil has been mined of its fer­til­ity, we’ve seen the loss of vi­ta­mins and min­er­als within foods,” says Ann Adams, PhD, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Holis­tic Man­age­ment In­ter­na­tional, a non­profi t or­ga­ni­za­tion that ed­u­cates farm­ers in re­gen­er­a­tive agri­cul­ture. “If we have a truly liv­ing, fer­tile soil, that’s very diff er­ent than dirt that’s be­ing used to grow food by putting in syn­thetic fer­til­izer and her­bi­cides and pes­ti­cides,” she adds.

Dur­ing the past 80 years, tests per­formed by the United States De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture ( USDA) show the con­cen­tra­tion of es­sen­tial vi­ta­mins and min­er­als in our food, espe­cially veg­eta­bles, has dropped by 5– 80 per­cent, de­pend­ing upon the nu­tri­ent. De­pleted soil also makes land more vul­ner­a­ble to climate changes that de­stroy crops and threaten our food sup­ply, and in­creases air pol­lu­tion. But a re­gen­er­a­tive way of farm­ing can re­verse th­ese trends.

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