The image presents the idea that both plants and humans require the same nutrients to exist, and we share common microorganisms to turn insoluble nutrients into soluble nutrients we can use. Thus, we are discussing the similarities between plants and humans.
The tragedy is that we destroy the organisms we need to grow nutrient-rich food and produce more food. The results are we consume food with two-thirds of the nutrient value that our grandfathers ate.
The nutrient reduction in food is due to manufactured soluble fertilizers and harmful tillage practices.
Any excess fertilizers, especially nitrates, flow through the soil column, contaminating groundwater, rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans.
An example is nitrates percolating into the water table. I recently received a notice from my county to have my groundwater tested for contaminants. Specifically nitrates in the water. Nitrates are harmful to you. Nitrates in well water mixed with baby formula can cause serious health effects.
If you have Nitrate in your urine, it indicates you have a bacterial infection. In the blood, nitrates can inhibit the amount of available oxygen. In small doses, Sodium nitrate can kill. Manufacturers use Nitrate as a preservative in processed cured meat.
An overabundance of nitrates in our water supply is about as dangerous as the lead in public water systems.
Both plants and animals need to convert insoluble nutrients into soluble nutrients they need. These processes work because microbes convert raw elements into usable food sources.
The elements found in nature are not in a usable form for either plants or animals. Raw earth elements are in this state because they do not migrate through the soil column. The natural state of the earth’s elements is why Nitrates have not polluted our water supply for millennia.
We need a go-between to turn the elements into nutrients plants, and our cells can process to build structures and tissues to survive and prosper. The go-betweens are microorganisms.
Dangers of Tilling Your Soil
We have known for over 70 years that the way we farm is contrary to producing nutrient-rich food. I stumped upon a patent request from 1951 that Monsanto develop a soil conditioner to help with the problems tilling the soil created. It is 2021, and we continue turning the earth with the same results.
The results are tilling the soil breaks the soil microorganism web that processes raw elements into nutrients on demand.
The Soil Web
When plants send out chemicals that tell the microorganisms what nutrients they need, the most familiar known elements are Nitrogen, phosphorus, and Potassium.
The bacteria in our gut perform a similar role. They stimulate the Vega nerve in the intestinal tract. Bacteria in the intestinal tract tell the Vega nerve how you are feeling. There is evidence that the bacteria in your intestines significantly impact your health.
As with plants, our bodies only distinguish nutrients and not sources. Most plants and animals use sugars to fuel themselves. However, the microorganisms in the soil and our guts convert raw elements into nutrients in exchange for sugars they can not produce through a symbolic relationship.
Death of the Symbolic Relationship
Microorganisms feed the plants and use the nutrients in exchange for sugar. The process is called a symbolic relationship.
When plants receive soluble nutrients (chemical fertilizers), they no longer feed sugars to the microorganisms. When this happens, the microbes die.
Chemical fertilizers provide the primary nutrients of nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium (NPK). Unfortunately, we do not feed plants the correct amounts or the spectrum of nutrients they need to produce nutrient-rich food, so our food has lost 1/3 of its nutrient value.
Providing plants with nutrient-rich food is how life used to excel. The same thing happens to humans when we consume various forms of sugar.
Sugars like fructose, linked to colon polyps, and glucose can inhibit gut microbes. We find fructose in a lot of the food we eat. A1C test for the amount of sugar-coating (glucose) in our red blood cells. The bottom line is we need to eat foods that feed our gut biome and not mainline fructose or glucose-rich diet into our guts.
Poisoning Your Growing Medium
The next problem with chemical fertilizers is they contain salt. Soluble chemical fertilizers are a composition of a particular nutrient, generally a salt. Therefore, feeding the soil with a constant supply of chemical fertilizers results in salt-contaminated land.
As we learn in our history classes, the Romans salted the lands of Carthage. The Romans knew that salted earth would never grow food again. Thus reducing the possibility of Carthage reemerging as a power state forever.
Salting the soil occurs throughout the United States and every country using chemical fertilizers.
Some researchers claim irrigation is the cause of salt contamination. They are right in one aspect. Water dilutes the soluble chemical fertilizers, breaking the chemical bonds and releasing man-make soluble nutrients and salts into the soil column.
Below is a simple test you can make on your own. In this case, I have done it for you. Use the Google search engine to seek the benefits and risks of chemical fertilizers. Results vary due to the number of citations on any given day. You will find some 45,800,000 results: 30,100,000 risks and 15,700,000 benefits of chemical fertilizers.
There are 67% more risks than benefits to chemical fertilizers. There are 17,600,000 sellers of chemical fertilizers. The number of chemical fertilizers that contain salt produced 21,200,000 results.
When searching for benefits of organic fertilizer compared to inorganic fertilizers, totaling 20,430,000. The benefits for inorganic were 2,730,000, and the advantages of organic were 17,700,000. That is roughly 86% more organic benefits results than using inorganic benefits.
Unfortunately, poor nutrition is showing an ugly face in our population. School lunches create malnourished students. Study after study has confirmed how poor the diet is in our schools.
In 1946, school lunches for children were created because the county faced malnourished WW II volunteers.
The volunteers had to regain their health through nutritious food before they could fight the war.
A result of the war was if we feed our kids, they will make healthy soldiers. Healthy soldiers made a better army to fight in future wars.
Elected officials must be malnourished. We can see by the poor decisions made feeding our population.