Guest Blog Post Written By Martha Berkesch from Mother Nature Nutrition
When you think about the nutrients in vegetables, vitamins probably first come to mind. Minerals are a lesser-talked about but important component of the nutrients found in food.
In 1936, Senator Duncan Fletcher, a Democrat in Florida, added the following to the Congressional Record:
“Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet deficiencies which cannot be remedied until depleted soils from which our food comes are brought into proper mineral balance?
The alarming fact is that foods (fruits, vegetables and grains) now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contain enough of certain minerals are starving us – no matter how much of them we eat. No man of today can eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply his system with the minerals he requires for perfect health because his stomach isn’t big enough to hold them.
The truth is that our foods vary enormously in value, and some of them aren’t worth eating as food…Our physical well-being is more directly dependent upon the minerals we take into our systems than upon calories or vitamins or upon the precise proportions of starch, protein or carbohydrates we consume.
Laboratory test prove that the fruits, the vegetables, the grains, the eggs, and even the milk and the meats of today are not what they were a few generations ago (which doubtless explains why our forefathers thrived on a selection of foods that would starve us!)
We know that vitamins are complex chemical substances which are indispensable to nutrition, and that each of them is of importance for normal function of some special structure in the body. Disorder and disease result from any vitamin deficiency. It is not commonly realized, however, that vitamins control the body’s appropriation of minerals, and in the absence of minerals they have no function to perform. Lacking vitamins, the system can make some use of minerals, but lacking minerals, vitamins are useless.”
Conventional farms use chemical fertilizers that supply lots of potassium that ensures that vegetables grow big and tall. However, other minerals such as calcium and magnesium get blocked by the potassium, so they don’t end up in your produce.
Pesticides and herbicides kill not only pests and weeds but also worms and soil bacteria. Worms break up the earth making it porous and leave their own form of compost behind. The bacteria fix nitrogen and make it possible for plants to absorb nutrients. In this dead soil with no worms or bacteria, plants grow weaker and have fewer nutrients.
Biodynamic farming focuses on the health of the soil through compost and preps. You can know that the vegetables you get from Cosmic Apple or any biodynamic farms are nutritious, healthy, and full of minerals.