Soil science; why do vegetables and fruits now contain less nutrients than ever?


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Soil science. Why do vegetables and fruits no longer have the amount of vitamins and minerals that they once had? And furthermore can we bridge the correlation between less minerals and more diseases?
According to the Nutrition Security Institute, an apple with its skin in 1914 supplied 28.9mg of magnesium. That same apple species as of 1992 was supplying only 5mg of magnesium, a decline of almost 83 percent! Fast forward to 2019 and the numbers continues to drop.
Studies have shown consuming too much calcium reduces the bioavailability of magnesium. Lack of magnesium is huge contributor to heart disease. The Nutrition Security Institute also shows an increase in deaths from heart disease, rising almost 500% from 1900 to 1960.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States beating Cancer only by a small margin. It is a fact that when minerals decline in our food and soils – disease goes up.
The Institute also shows a mineral deficiency with beef, chicken and vegetables from 1914 to 1997 at a staggering 400% drop. Because of over agriculture in the US our soils have been void of beneficial organisms. The organisms are important because they help break down the minerals these plants absorb then refuel the soil in the circle of life. The circle is being broken.
Pesticides are another huge issue. They are sprayed on the plant thus contributing to the killing of the beneficial bacteria and fungi that’s found in the soil. As we eat fruits and vegetables we also consume these pesticides which in turn contributes to a decline in our health.
Beneficial organisms like bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, and micro arthropods are Soil organisms, which range in size from microscopic cells that digest decaying organic material to small mammals that live primarily on other soil organisms. They all play an important role in maintaining fertility, structure, drainage, and aeration of the soil.

Farmers often think of microbes as pests that are destructive to their crops but many microbes are beneficial. Soil microbes (bacteria and fungi) are essential for decomposing organic matter and recycling old plant material by turning the soil into rich organic food for the plants.

So what minerals and vitamins do we lack the most as Americans?
1 iron
2 iodine
3 vitamin D
4 vitamin B12
5 calcium
6 vitamin A
7 magnesium
8 Vitamin C
9 vitamin E
10 potassium
11 Zinc
12 chromium
13 selenium
14 boron
So what can we do? Well, most of these vitamins and minerals can be easily consumed by adding nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables to your everyday diet. Here is where the problem lies. Most Americans don’t eat enough fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. (Read earlier blog here) Because our vegetables are lacking the proper amount of these vitamins and minerals you would need to consume a large amount to get the proper dosage; so we must supplement what we cannot get from our diet.
I believe if there is one type of supplement that someone should take on a daily basis it should be high quality vitamins and minerals because the lack thereof in our food supply. When purchasing minerals look for Ionic Trace Minerals that has MAX-BIOAVAILABILITY. Also Liquid form is best as your body can absorb almost 98% more than from pill form.
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