Soil Demineralization and Remineralization

| February 11, 2013

Due to the petrochemical-driven industrialized factory farming agricultural techniques that have been used so rampantly on vast amounts of land in recent times, soils the world over have become drastically depleted of many trace and macro minerals, as well as other nutrients, during the past century.

Studies show that the nutrient content, and particularly the mineral content, of many foods grown in developed countries today is a fraction of what it was 6 or more decades ago during the early part of the 20th century.

Soil Degradation

The long term use of toxic petrochemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and synthetic fertilizers combined with massive tracts of monocultured crops, obliterates the biodiversity, soil bacteria, micorrhizal fungi, earthworms, pollinators and other vital organic microorganisms required for good soil health, fertility and mineralization. These kinds of industrial agricultural practices have created soil erosion and depletion on a massive scale, as poisons are repeatedly applied to crops and soils, and minerals and other nutrients are sucked from the ground by plants and never adequately replaced.

If these elements are lacking in the soil used to grow our food, they are lacking in much of our food too.

The unfortunate truth is that much of the soil used to grow the food we eat today is essentially dead, lifeless and sorely lacking in the essential biodiversity, mineral and nutrient content needed to provide us with the kind of nourishment that will keep our bodies healthy and our immune systems strong and functioning properly, thereby helping us to remain vibrant and resistant to disease.

Minerals are particularly important in this respect, because high levels of stress (which many people today are experiencing) rapidly deplete minerals from our bodies.

Remineralizing and Re-enlivening Our Soil

The good news is that even the most depleted soils can be remineralized and re-enlivened so they become fertile, dark and rich, and capable of producing healthy, nutrient dense foods.

Rock dusts, seaweeds and sodium reduced sea minerals add essential minerals back into the soil, while organic material in the form of decomposing plants and animal manures and guanos/compost provide nutrients, bacteria and other essential microorganisms which bring life back to depleted, degraded and lifeless soils.

Below are a variety of resources for learning more about soil health and remineralization

A study on the mineral depletion of the foods available to us as a nation over the period 1940 to 1991.

Mineral Depletion of the Soil

Remineralize the Earth

The Earth Renewal and Restoration Alliance

Nutrient-Dense Manifesto: A Call to Action for Soil, Health, Food Quality and the Future of Farming

Bionutrient Food Association

Help from kelp: How ocean plants help our garden plants

Rock Dusts:

Azomite

Agrowinn

Glacial Rock Dust

Sea Minerals:

Sea-90 100% Natural Sea Mineral Solids

Sea-Crop

Seaweed:

Kelp Meal

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Category: Bacteria, Being in Nature, Communion With Nature, Compost | Manure, Earth, Elements, Fertility | Bioactivity, Human Health, Microbiome, Monocropping, Mycorrhyzal Fungi, Nourishment, Nutrient Dense Food, Phytonutrients, Plant Health, Raising Your Own Food, Remineralization, Small Family Farms, Soil Degradation, Soil Health, Soil Microorganisms, Soil-Food-Web, Sustainable Agriculture, Vegetables | Fruits

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