From the Soil to Sustenance blog:
““Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.“ – Hippocrates
In my wayward vegetarian days, before finding Weston A. Price and eventually Paleo, I ate my fair share of faux food: soy ground beef crumbles, egg substitutes made from tofu, heart-healthy margarine, and my favorite, seitan (pure wheat gluten). For those of you that don’t know what I am talking about, check out this 30 second “public service announcement” from Ron Swanson of NBC’s Parks and Recreation.
Most of us recognize the foods listed above as imitations, but what about locally purchased vegetables, eggs, and grass-fed meats? Clearly these whole foods are leaps and bounds ahead of the imposters, but do they contain an abundance of vitamins and minerals as nature intended? The answer, to a great extent, depends on the care and stewardship of the soil in which they were grown. Continue reading
Special to The Bovine, from Gary Wilson:
In order to determine if organic food is nutritious, it is first necessary to decide how to judge nutrition. Is nutrient content sufficient to judge the nutritional value of a food? Some examples from the papers of the late soil scientist, William A. Albrecht, Ph.D, would suggest that it is not sufficient.
Health Canada publishes the Canadian Nutrient File which reports up to 150 nutrients in over 5807 foods. Assuming that the nutrients contained in a particular food are averages determined by testing, one should ask over what range a nutrient contained in the food varies. Continue reading
From Glencolton farmshare member Gary Wilson:
Grey County, where Michael Schmidt’s Glencolton Farms is located, has suffered a lack of rain.
In 1938, long before the presumed effects of global warming were being discussed, the soil scientist, William A. Albrecht, Ph.D, listed some of the consequences of declining soil fertility. Number five on this list was “Greater weather hazards”. In 1954, in a paper discussing the increasing records being set for both floods and droughts, he asked, “Are these new records other than man made?”
Albrecht points out that the severity of a drought is measured by damage to crops rather than by meteorological indexes. While droughts are attributed to a lack of rainfall, they are really should be attributed to a lack of water. The soil itself, both the topsoil and the subsoil, as well as the water table below the surface of the soil act a as reservoir for water that can get plants through a period of time of little or no rainfall. Continue reading
Here’s an article which was written for The Bovine, by Gary Wilson, who is a Glencolton Farms cowshare member. Quite aside from the content of the article itself, it illustrates the depth of independent research cowshare members go through in making their dietary decisions. Clearly people like Gary don’t need help from government in deciding what foods are best to eat.
Legendary soil scientist William A. Albrecht. Click image for source.
The four main authors I have studied, Albrecht, Pottenger, Price and Voisin, all seem to share the same point of view as expressed by Albrecht that it is not the overpowering invader we must fear but the weakened condition of the victim. Our society, however, seems to concentrate its efforts on waging war with the overpowering invader, probably because that provides ongoing profits in a war that never ends. Society’s changing its point of view would force more research to be done in determining what is causing the condition of the victim to weaken and so lead to the treatment of the underlying cause of the problem. Continue reading