Why are we breeding the nutrition out of our food?

Plants and animals need vitamins and minerals to survive. As our soils get more and more depleted, the ability to grow a nutrient-rich, heritage “breed” of just about anything is curtailed. Ah. science to the rescue. We have figured out how to cross-breed plants and animals (and now GMO’s are the illogical next step) that require fewer minerals to grow and produce. Everything seems OK on the surface of that until someone asks, “Wait a minute, you mean there is actually supposed to be 25% more nutrition in that lettuce?”

Jo Robinson (of Eatwild.com fame) wrote an article¬†published in the NY Times in 2013 that really points out the flaw with this idea. In that article, she shows that a purple peruvian potato has about 165 times as much phytonutrients as a whit potato. If we eat to get vitamins, minerals and enzymes, and there are fewer of these in each bite, we have to take more bites to nourish ourselves. The statement, “American are over-fed and under-nourished” really rings true.

Have you ever thought of buying your fruits and vegetables according to their mineral content. Ask your Farmers Market vendor how his produce “measures up!”

I don’t want anyone to think I am only picking on vegetables and fruits. Nutrient-rich soils and grasses, fed to free ranging livestock, produce higher quality proteins. Heritage breeds take longer to grow than cross-breed animals. Slow Food is a world-wide movement.

As local, regenerative farmers, we take the time and effort necessary to bring you high quality products, all-the-while putting more back into the soil than we take out.