And we’re not that kind to the environment, to boot.
According to Hyman, our current farming methods destroy the soil by killing its microbial life (which is quite important: “In a thimble of very good soil, there is more life than there ever was. humans on the planet, ”says Hyman).
Because we put chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides on our soil, the vegetables we grow suffer – they cannot extract from the soil the healthy minerals and nutrients they need. That said, the vegetables we end up eating aren’t as nutritious as they could be if we didn’t destroy this critical microbial life.
Too much plowing our soil is particularly destructive, says Hyman: “It’s like tearing off someone’s skin every day,” he notes (ouch). Essentially, we are pulling nutrients from the soil and expecting to produce healthy foods that will support us. In other words, we overuse the soil without replenishing it with what it needs or without giving it a necessary break.
It’s kind of a trap – we might not realize that our food growing methods not only destroy our environment and lead to climate change, but they also destroy the quality of our products.
As Hyman says, “We are in this terrible cycle of destructive, extracted agriculture that produces food that is killing Americans. Eleven million people die each year eating the food we grow in this way.”