Understanding soil quality: Part 4

To date we’ve learned that healthy soil leads to healthy vegetation, healthy animals, and healthy people.

But what if the soil isn’t healthy? How would that effect us, the animals, the vegetation?

Well, we’re about to find out. Nearly half a century ago, a man by the name of Andre Voisin authored a book “Soil, Grass & Cancer” which showed that soil fertility was directly linked to human and animal disease. He had already grasped the importance of the subterranean world and saw the hidden danger in oversimplified fertilization practices and the use of toxic chemicals.

Andre Voisin

It all started when Andre found that grass made it possible to obtain a ‘biochemical photograph’ of the soil when he was working with the Academy of Agriculture of France. He was then able to see that the mineral elements of the soil control cell metabolism in the animal and consequently in people too. It was found that the ‘dusts’ of the soil likewise control the proper functioning of the cells in man.

What must never be forgotten is that diseases are created chiefly by destruction of the harmony existing between the soil elements. The great tragedy of modern techniques is the complete disruption of this harmony by new cultural methods. It is up to us the farmers, the agronomists, the researchers, the scientists to figure out how to reestablish the harmony in the soil.

With that said, Andre writes (in his book):

“Increasing human population and the enormous pressure being exerted by organized masses of city-dwellers on powerless agricultural communities are gradually reducing the agricultural population which is forced constantly to increase its output, producing more food more cheaply, without any thought for its biological values. This result can be achieved only by the use of ever-greater quantities of mineral chemical fertilizers. It is impossible to go back, and it would be undesirable, as has been shown above by the many examples of the beneficial effect that fertilizer dressings can exert on the plant and on the animal. The fertilizer, however, must be applied judiciously which is not at present. Today, indeed, three times as much of all the elements in the soil is being removed, but generally only four, or at the most seven, of these elements are being replaced.”

The consequences of applying large quantities of nitrogenous fertilizers are serious, but when one works with the soil to produce healthy crops, that is when the highest yields could be reached.

Join us next week as we discuss our only hope for a healthy world as noted by eminent French scientist and Nobel Prize winner Dr. Alexis Carrel.

Until next time, happy trails!

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