Volume 12, Number 11 June 6, 2009
Filling but Killing
By Dr. Ridgely Abdul Mu’min Muhammad
Many of us have been complaining that the food today may be filling our stomachs but is not making us healthy. Mother Earth News published a synopsis of a study done by Dr. Donald R. Davis entitled, “Declining Fruit and Vegetable Nutrient Composition” which revealed that commercially grown vegetables, fruits and grains that our ancestors ate 100 years ago, and even as late as 30 years ago, have significantly less nutritional value than those same foods have today. For example:
1. The protein concentrations in wheat and barley have declined by 30 to 50 percent between 1938 and 1990.
2. Newer corn varieties have less concentrations of protein, oil and three amino acids than the older varieties.
3. Six minerals have declined by 22 to 39 percent in 14 widely grown wheat varieties over the last 100 years.
4. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data shows that the calcium content of broccoli averaged 12.9 milligrams per gram of dry weight in 1950, but only 4.4 mg/g dry weight in 2003.
So now we see why the people are suffering from malnutrition even while they are eating themselves into obesity and the accompanying diet related diseases such as diabetes. The raw products, wheat, corn and vegetables are already deficient before they are further adulterated and stripped of nutrients through over processing.
We at Muhammad Farms have noticed the difference between the crops that we grow and those found in your local grocery store. We surmised that because we do not use artificial fertilizers nor do we over-water our crops to make them grow faster, our crops are able to pull up the required minerals to mature naturally and provide the nutrients that our bodies need and our taste buds appreciate.
Dr. Davis notes that researchers have known since the 1940s that yield increases produced by fertilization and irrigation tend to decrease the concentrations of minerals in those plants. Then when you add in the fact that plant breeders are shooting for high yielding varieties and not necessarily the most nutritious varieties, the recipe for high starch and sugar content and minimal protein and vitamin content has been manufactured in the laboratories of the “merchants of death”.
The poor consumer is left stripped of food nutrients and blind as to how to make intelligent decisions on what to eat, because the commercial food industry is left to police itself. Another article found in this month’s “Mother Earth News” details how “…interference, undue influence and big money from vested interests are tainting scientific research at our universities and government research centers.”
This article entitled, “Protecting the Integrity of Science” points out: “Twenty-six corn researchers complained to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that they do not have free access to study the controversial genetically engineered corn varieties now widely grown in the United States. Researchers must request permission from the companies that own the varieties in order to study them. Sometimes permission is denied, or the companies insist on reviewing research before it is published.” So who is the EPA trying to protect, the people or the companies?
So what can the people do? Grow food gardens, shop at farmers markets or participate in the Ministry of Agriculture’s food buying club so that you can get food from Muhammad Farms and other small farmers. In your gardens use older, lower-yielding heirloom varieties and slow-release organic fertilizers as we do at Muhammad Farms. If you need help visit and contact one of our representatives from the “Ministry of Agriculture Resource List”. Support the Three Year Economic Savings Program so that we can buy more land and expand our efforts to grow you the best of foods, because what you are now eating may be filling but it is also killing.