Our environmental consciousness begins, always, with the soil.
It is now clear that mineral-depleted soils produce mineral-deficient foods that contribute to the deteriorated health condition in America. Via plants and animals our bodies grow out of the soil. Microbes break up the minerals in the soil and make them acceptable to plants. Plants can synthesize carbohydrates from the air, rainfall and sunshine. But, before the life processes can convert these carbohydrates into amino acids and proteins, they must have help from the soil fertility. Neither man nor animal can synthesize the necessary proteins from the elements. Animals can only assemble them from the amino acids, providing the necessary kinds and amounts of each can be collected or produced by plants with the help of microbes.
Plants demand a long list of minerals from the soil, even if only in such small amounts as are called "trace." If the soil is not properly fertile, not teeming with microbes, the whole process goes out of kilter or grinds to a halt. To keep the microbes alive, quantities of organic matter need to be added to the soil.
Healthy soil, properly supported by bacteria, actinomycetes, fungi and earthworms, produce healthy plants which make strong, healthy human beings and other animals. Poor land grows poor food--poor in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and proteins; this produces sick people.
The end result of chemical farming is always disease: first to the land, then to the plant, then to the animal, then to human beings. Everywhere in the world where chemical farming is practiced the people are sick. The only ones to benefit are the companies that produce the chemicals.
The truth is that America is the most fed and the worst nourished nation on earth. America today is suffering from a biological blight. We are facing metabolic disaster. We are a nation of sick people. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, dental caries, and other metabolic diseases are rapidly increasing. These health problems are tied directly to the quality of our farm soil and the depletion of minerals and loss of biologically dynamic husbandry.
It is our imperative to address these issues of health first through consciousness and next through each of the divisions of our business.