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The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient Dense Food

By Steve Solomon with Erica Reinheimer

In his latest book, The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient Dense Food, Steve Solomon makes the case that if we eat truly nutrient dense food, we can live long, healthy lives.

He explains why organic farming, though a step in the right direction, is not enough. USDA evaluations of the nutrient content of foods show steadily declining nutritional content over the last 60 years. Solomon points to research by Weston Price, who traveled the world in the 1930s studying populations in remote areas that had not yet adopted the modern diet. Price concluded that these people possessed outstanding medical and dental health and were largely free from degenerative diseases that are so common today. He analyzed their food and found that these communities received about five times the mineral nutrition as the average American of that time.

For more than thirty years, Solomon has advocated amendment of soils with Complete Organic Fertilizer (made from oilseed meals, rock mineral powders and other ingredients). In his latest book, he shows readers how to find the mineral content of soil through a soil test and determine precisely what needs to be added to provide plants with optimum levels and balance of major, minor and trace minerals to grow truly nutrient dense foods. His recommendations are based on the research and writings of soil scientists from the early 20th century to the present and he builds on this knowledge from his own experience. This book contributes to a growing awareness of the importance of nutrient dense food and presents a method for achieving it that goes beyond organic methods.

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