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Your Health Matters

Your health is intimately connected to life in our soils

Believe it or not, the way a plant functions directly affects your health. Your health matters to us. So we are doing something about it.

There is a fundamental understanding that needs to be emphasised here. Life in the soil is the cornerstone for all life on earth. From the smallest of microscopic creatures that live in the soil, to the largest of mammals, such as elephants living on the grasslands of Africa, and everything in between, including us. All rely on life in the soil and the way a plant functions to survive.

It is more than just survival though.. When a plant functions the way nature has intended, a bridge is built. This bridge is built between the plant roots when the seed germinates and the soil where the minerals are. The bridge is formed by life in the soil and is called the “plant microbial bridge”. The plant microbial bridge – or rhizosheath – is a coating of microorganisms and soil particles around the root of the plant which sets up a true symbiotic relationship between the plant and the microbes. The plant, via photosynthesis extracts carbon from the atmosphere and forms sugars in plant chloroplasts. “Some of the sugars are used for growth and some are exuded into soil by plant roots to support the microbes involved in nutrient acquisition.” “Somewhere between 85 to 90 percent of the nutrients plants require for healthy growth are acquired via carbon exchange, that is, where plant root exudates provide energy to microbes in order to obtain minerals and trace elements otherwise unavailable.” [1]

It is the diversity of nutrients plants are able to access via their microbial interface that provides the integrity of the foodstuff we produce. Such plants are able to optimize their immune system and resist attack from pests and disease through true nutrient balance. This nutrient balance can then be transferred to herbivores or omnivores that consume these plants or produce further up the food chain ie. meat or milk products. This benefit flows not only to humans but all life including birds, insects, reptiles and mammals returning a rich bio-diverse ecology, the way nature intended.

This amazing association between plants and their microbial community can be severely restricted or even destroyed with use of synthetic fertilisers and some chemicals or cultivation. This results in poor nutrient density and diversity in foodstuffs grown with high industrialised inputs. Hence our choice to develop BioIntegrity Foods to provide the best possible food as nature so masterfully intended. “What matters is not just the chemical concentration or density of these nutrients in our food but to what extent our food can provide these to us in the optimal concentrations, forms, ratios and balances when and where we need them. Excesses and/or imbalances can be as damaging as deficiencies. Incorrect forms can make them unavailable or even toxic.”[2]

The microbial system acts as a sentry or defense force for the plant to only allow those elements into the plant which are beneficial to its growth and health. So you can be assured that the food products you eat are the best for you. Much research is currently uncovering the direct link between adequate diverse nutrition and adequate diversity in microbial populations of the gut and intestine in providing resistance to the development of chronic diseases – cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity and autism to name a few. Our desire is to see a focus on research comparing diets rich in foods grown with full microbial integrity alongside conventionally produced foods.

Are biologically produced crops and meat better quality food?

Yes! Biologically produced food is better digested due to the presence of abundant amino acids. Crops grown biologically have a longer storage capability which relates to a healthier food source. On biologically grown food it is not necessary to use many of the chemicals we often consume as residues through conventionally grown food. Animals that are fed biologically grown food can gain weight faster and consume up to 50% less food in the process. Many health problems are alleviated.[3]

Bio-Integrity Lamb & Bio-Integrity Beef are committed to marketing lamb & beef raised on a Free Range, 100% Biologically diverse, pasture-fed diet with no grain supplements in keeping with current international research which is highlighting the benefits to human health from this approach. Higher levels of Omega 3, Vitamin E, protein and lutein are just some of the health benefits to be enjoyed by choosing pasture-fed meats over the grain-fed alternative. Pasture-fed products are also the richest known source of another “good fat” called conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA. CLA may be one of our most potent cancer fighters.[4] Researchers from Finland recently found that the more CLA in a woman’s diet, the lower her risk of breast cancer. Women who consumed the most CLA had an amazing 60 per cent lower risk than those with lower levels.

For further information regarding scientific research results please see our page on the Science of Biological Farming Methods, Eat Wild and the following articles:

“Foods with high mineral density and quality allow the digestive process to work better, while low quality foods cause indigestion.” – Acres USA March 2006,Vol 36 No3 pg 34

“Nutrition in our food has steadily declined since 1922 as evidenced by USDA food testing data” – Acres Australia Vol 17 No 2 pg 17.

 

“Issues about food need involvement from urban consumers. Consumers need to know where, when and how their food is produced and processed.”

“Most food is now produced with synthetic fertilisers and chemicals and over-processed with artificial additives, leading to nutrition-related chronic diseases.”

“World-wide, modern (industrial) agriculture is degrading soils to ever lower fertility, leading to dependency on fossil fuel-related synthetic fertilisers and chemicals to obtain the highest yields. The Green Revolution is stalling, yields have plateaued. To offset degrading soils, more and more inputs are being applied to maintain yields, creating a self-perpetuating system of dependence on artificial inputs. In turn, production practices have gradually led to food with low nutrient density and chemical residue contamination, affecting human health and increasing chronic disease.”

“Another key issue hardly raised is the decreased mineral density of foods at the farm gate; mineral density has more than halved over the past sixty years. This follows decades of breeding for high yields with synthetic fertilisers and selection for look, taste, shape, use in processing, shelf-life and transportability, but rarely quality.”

Quotes from Dr Maarten Stapper’s paper From Green Revolution to Agroecology

1. SOS: Save our soils – Dr Christine Jones explains the Life-giving link between carbon and healthy topsoil. Acres USA March,2015 pgs 56-66
2. Walter Jehne,2015 Biogrowers.com.au Science of Biological Farming Methods
3. Tanio Technology and Technique:Biological Farm Management. 1993.pg 2
4. Ip C, J & A Sciemeca, et al. (1994) “Conjugated linoleic acid. A powerful anti-carcinogen from animal fat sources”. p 1053 Cancer 74 (3 suppl): 1050–4