August 2009 Issue
Healthy Soil, Healthy Food—Digging into the Connections
Healthy soil grows healthy food and healthy food nourishes healthy people. Sounds so simple, but how often do you connect the foods you eat back to the soil? "All food can be traced back to soil. Foods that support good health such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains rely on healthy soil to grow," explains Angie Tagtow, M.S., R.D., L.D., Food & Society Policy Fellow and owner of Environmental Nutrition Solutions in Elkhart, Iowa. "Just like people, plants need a variety of nutrients found in the soil so they can develop, grow and produce food with great taste and optimum nutrients. When soil is depleted of nutrients or treated with synthetic chemicals, a plant fails to thrive, thereby not developing a robust flavor or nutrient profile."
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