MASS PRODUCED FOOD CAUSING ALLERGIES AND ILLNESS

MASS PRODUCED FOOD CAUSING ALLERGIES AND ILLNESS

An internationally recognised expert on food and farming has warned that modern methods of producing marketable fruit and vegetables are leading to increases in allergies and illness, especially in young people. In the latest interview in the Soils For Life video series, Dr Maarten Stapper says foods grown in soils depleted of essential minerals and soil carbon, and treated with chemicals, are lowering our immune systems.
 
“The food that we buy is now less nutritious than it was in the past, and that is because the food has lower mineral content, lower nutrients like antioxidants and vitamins, and it also has likely chemical residues and a higher water content”, Dr Stapper says.
 
“All the varieties have been bred for high yield under more fertilisers and chemicals. That’s why the soils are being degraded as the life in the soils is no longer active. Farmers need more chemicals and fertilisers to maintain their yields, so the outcome is the food is less nutritious with likely chemical residues”.
 
“Those varieties were bred for high yielding conditions and for marketable produce. You have to pick the food when it’s not ripe and you can ship it easily without damage and then you can ripen it in storage and then sell it. That process is very poor nutrition because it’s the sugars that are formed in the fruits on the trees in the last ripening phase that are the good sugars for us to eat”.
 
“A comparison in the United States and England of the nutrition in food tables from the food authorities from the 1940s, compared with today, show 30% to 80% fewer nutrients in the food and veggies now than there were in the past”.
 
“With the synthetic inputs in the food, body care products and around us, we get an accumulation of chemicals in our bodies. Those chemicals are stored in cells and they cause inflammation and that inflammation is then like a chronic disease, depending on the organ where the inflammation occurs”.
 
“Our regulators always say that if chemical residues are below the maximum allowed limit, then they are safe. But there’s now more and more science appearing that a little bit of those chemicals every day can be as bad as being above the maximum”.
 
“Over generations our immune systems are slowly going down for each generation to the next generation and it’s the immune system that keeps us healthy. And that immune system is being decreased in our body because of the chemical load in our bodies, reducing the diversity of the bacteria in our gut”.
 
“We are on this winding spiral down to ill health, and that’s why each generation we’ve ended up with lowered immune systems and more current diseases”.
 
“It’s very easy to see that current primary school children have more and more allergies and skin diseases and also cancers like leukaemia, and all kinds of other things that in my generation 50 or 60 years ago didn’t exist to that level. More and more kids are now being affected by ill health”. Dr Stapper says there is increasing concern about the use of farm chemicals, including glyphosate.
 
“The European Union has already a 6 times lower allowed maximum for glyphosate than the United States, but now there’s recent science that shows that glyphosate safety is over estimated and even the European allowed limit is 12 times higher than what it should be. In the United States it’s 70 times higher than it should be”.
 
“It all starts with healthy soils, because it’s the healthy soil that is important to grow good food. Healthy soil is a soil activated by soil biology and high in soil organic carbon. Because carbon is the soil filter in nature and the higher the soil carbon, the higher the natural soil fertility is, so you don’t have to use all those fertilisers and chemicals”.
 
 
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