For years we have been told to eat fresh fruits and vegetables to get our daily vitamins and minerals. This is excellent advice. However, you may not be getting the nutrients that your body really needs.
Let’s look at synthetic/chemical fertilizers.
Synthetic/chemical fertilizers are believed to infuse nutrients into soil, enabling all plants to prosper. However, they tend to replenish only nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus; while depleting the other nutrients and minerals that are naturally found in truly fertile soils. Thus, modern farming ironically leads to nutritionally-deficient foods. Conversely, organically-grown fruits and vegetables have significantly more anti-oxidants, polyphenols, and enzymes. It is not just the soil that is losing out: it is our health.
Omega-3 oils are some of the many nutrients which are rapidly declining in our foods. A lack of omega-3’s is known to lead to heart disease, cancers, mental disorders such as attention deficit disorder, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Another reason behind our nutritional deficiencies is that fruits and vegetables are now being picked prematurely. For instance, non-organic tomatoes are now being made to look red using the chemical ethylene, instead of sunlight.i
Further, toxic heavy metals have been found in chemical fertilizers. Mercury, lead, cadmium and uranium are a few of the toxic heavy metals that have been found in fertilizers and can cause disturbances of the kidneys, lungs and liver and cancer depending on how much has been consumed! ii
So, Why are chemical fertilizers so bad?
According to Natural Agriculture website, chemical or synthetic fertilizers are not only harmful to us, but to the environment as well.
• Chemical fertilizers are provided to the plant too quickly. What the plant does not use is absorbed by the soil causing secondary effects to the soil then to the plant. For instance fertilizer burn due to dehydration.
• Chemical fertilizers do not contain any trace minerals/micro nutrients. After a few years the soil has been depleted from those elements. Overtime those elements are not contained in the fruits or in the vegetables anymore diminishing their quality.
• Chemical fertilizers are used together with chemical pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Use of chemicals have a negative impact on the soil, the water as well as the crop as the vegetables, for instance, still contain chemical traces which are then absorbed upon eating
• Chemical fertilizers kill microorganisms which in turn will make the soil useless where nothing can grow
• Chemical fertilizers and pesticides are responsible for water contamination. For excessive enrichment of ponds, rivers and lakes is due to an overuse of chemical fertilizers (see eutrophy)
• Usage of chemical fertilizers have a long term effect on the plants, the soil, the environment and you.iii
As a culture, we are becoming more and more nutritionally deficient and filled with toxic residues as an indirect result of synthetic fertilizers. This stresses the body making it more prone to health problems.
Synthetic/chemical fertilizers can dramatically diminish the nutritional value of foods. Since these fertilizers also diminish the natural disease-fighting and pest-fighting mechanisms, our foods thus become laden with other chemicals (pesticides and herbicides). So, we end up with foods which are lacking in viable nutrition and also loaded with residues form other chemicals. This kind of activity is not healthy for humans or animals.iv
Synthetic/chemical fertilizers can also lead to waterway and air pollution. The use of chemical fertilizers on crops can have adverse effects on waterways caused by chemical run off of the excess fertilizer. The over-abundance of nutrients in the water reduces the amount of oxygen. The existing organisms living in the water use up the oxygen that is left. The result is oxygen depletion causing the fish to die. Excess nitrogen used in crop fertilization can contribute to the release of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide into the atmosphere. This effect is caused by using a greater amount of chemical fertilizer than the plants can readily absorb. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Lab, excess greenhouse gases trapped in the atmosphere may be contributing to the increase of land and ocean surface temperatures. v
Chemical fertilizers have been in use since the 1930’s. While they are a great help to farmers, they can cause lasting toxic effects to the environment and to our bodies. Plants grown in the fertilizers can be deficient in the vitamins and minerals that we need to maintain our health. Eating organically grown fruits and vegetables can help us to get the nutrients that we need on a daily basis. Adding natural supplements can also be a good way to get the nutrients that are lacking in some fruits and vegetables.
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Until next time, be healthy and happy!