Oct 23 2016

Our Soils have been Depleted of Vital Nutrients

Published by at 1:54 pm under GMO's,Organic

Depleted soils equal less nutritious vegetables.
Vegetables grown in commercial soil today are not as healthy as years ago.1*


Did you know that the vegetables we eat today are not as nutritious as the ones eaten 100 years ago? A carrot is still a carrot, but the nutritional value has gone down as our soils have been depleted of vital nutrients brought about by years of intensive agricultural methods including the application of chemical fertilizers and pesticides and overfarming. These practices, in an intense effort to bring about larger and greater crops, have stripped our soils of vital nutrients and friendly bacteria once enjoyed a century ago. 1*

This topic was explored by Donald Davis and a team of researchers from the University of Texas (UT) at Austin’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. This landmark study, which was published in December 2004 in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, reviewed US Department of Agriculture nutritional data for 43 different fruits and vegetables from 1950 and also 1999. They found “…declines in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin C over the past half century…” They attributed this decline in nutritional content to “…the preponderance of agricultural practices designed to improve traits (size, growth rate, pest resistance) other than nutrition…”1*

.“…“Efforts to breed new varieties of crops that provide greater yield, pest resistance and climate adaptability have allowed crops to grow bigger and more rapidly,” reported Davis, “but their ability to manufacture or uptake nutrients has not kept pace with their rapid growth.” There have likely been declines in other nutrients, too, he said, such as magnesium, zinc and vitamins B-6 and E, but they were not studied in 1950 and more research is needed to find out how much less we are getting of these key vitamins and minerals…”1*

But this isn’t the only source for this information as the The Organic Consumers Association found  other studies with similar conclustions. “…A Kushi Institute analysis of nutrient data from 1975 to 1997 found that average calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables dropped 27 percent; iron levels 37 percent; vitamin A levels 21 percent, and vitamin C levels 30 percent. A similar study of British nutrient data from 1930 to 1980, published in the British Food Journal,found that in 20 vegetables the average calcium content had declined 19 percent; iron 22 percent; and potassium 14 percent. Yet another study concluded that one would have to eat eight oranges today to derive the same amount of Vitamin A as our grandparents would have gotten from one….”1*

It is still vitally important to eat lots of fruits and vegetables. But it is a sad fact that those grown with conventional practices are just not as healthy as they were years ago. And like the other topics we’ve covered in the last few weeks, this is something that many consumers haven’t really been aware of until recently, since the importance of organic farming has become a greater part of our daily dialogue and in the news. There is not a sign posted over the vegetables and fruits in the grocery store telling us where they were grown, how they were grown and what fertilizers and pesticides were used in their growth. Additionally, there is not a sign letting us know if they are a genetically engineered item or not.

Fortunately, some grocery stores are listening to the public and providing an organic produce section. If you are lucky enough to have a Whole Foods in your neighborhood, you will see signs stating “conventional” or “organic”. This allows you the choice of choosing vegetables and fruits that have been grown by conventional methods or organic methods. These practices are so important, and perhaps with time, all grocery stores will share this same information with its customers.

Why is organic soil healthier for producing produce?

  • Nutrients are released more slowly
  • The soil is healthier for the long run
  • The environment benefits for the long term
  • It is safer for consumers
  • Plants grow more slowly, reaping more nutritional benefits
  • It is full of healthy bacteria, key for good digestive health 2*


Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ was developed based on this knowledge that our soils are not the same as they used to be. We understand that without the healthy soil born bacteria, our microbiomes become out of balance and the unfriendly bacteria can outweigh the friendly. Combine this with the use of antibiotics, a poor diet and other environmental factors, and our guts can really get out of whack.  Body Biotics™ helps replenish those friendly, soil borne bacteria back into your microbiome.

So eat organic whenever possible! Take your Body Bioticsâ„¢ daily. Support organic farmers and grocers, and perhaps we can get our soil and produce back to the nutritional levels of years ago.

Healthiest wishes,




  1. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/soil-depletion-and-nutrition-loss/
  2. http://www.thesustainabilitycouncil.org/benefits-of-organic-fertilizers.html

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