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Mineral Depletion in USA Soils

77 years ago, in 1936, the 2nd Session of the 74th Congress of the United States Senate was warned that the American people faced major mineral depletion due to “modern” farming methods. The Senate Report was based on a study conducted by Dr. Charles Northern. It was further supported by research completed at Yale, Rutgers, John Hopkins, Columbia and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dr. Northern demonstrated “that countless human ills stem from the fact that impoverished soil of America no longer provided plant foods with mineral elements essential to human nourishment and health.”

The Senate report made the following points.
“Our physical well-being is more directly dependent upon minerals we take into our systems than upon calories or vitamins, or upon precise proportions of starch, protein or carbohydrates we consume.”

“Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet deficiencies which cannot be remedied until depleted soils from which our food comes are brought into proper mineral balance?”

“Laboratory test prove that the fruits, the vegetables, the grains, the eggs, and even the milk and the meats of today are not what they were a few generations ago.”

“It is not commonly realized, however, that vitamins control the body’s appropriation of minerals, and in the absence of minerals they have no function to perform. Lacking vitamins, the system can make some use of minerals, but lacking minerals, vitamins are useless.”

Now if the 1936 projections for an increase in degenerative disease as a direct result of nutrient depletion were not motivating enough for you to be racing for a mineral supplement, digest this! Recent tests prove conclusively that the vitamin and mineral content of food today is far lower now than it was 50 years ago. Compared to crops raised 50 years ago a Canadian study found that potatoes have lost:

100% of vitamin A
57% of vitamin C
57% of iron
28% of Calcium

A US study found similarly. From the start to the end of the 20th century the average mineral content declined 75% from 400mg to 50 mg in cabbage, lettuce, tomatoes and spinach.