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Call it what you will - the 'green revolution', 'factory farming', 'chemical farming' - the way we farm in the more industrially developed countries is depleting and contaminating the soil, and so the crops grown on it, and so the animals that feed on those crops. Vast amounts of chemical fertilisers are sprayed onto the soil in an attempt to put the minerals back, and vast amounts of chemical pesticides are sprayed onto the crops in an attempt to protect them from pests (see 'Pesticides'). This leaves toxic residues on the vegetables, grains and fruit, rendering them ever less nutritious. Finally, unnecessary and unnatural genetic modification of crops followed by (sometimes deliberate) contamination of natural crops with genetically-modified (GM) crops, means that ...

If you want truly nutritious food these days you have to grow it yourself, or buy organic (see 'Organic food').

Finally, most people now buy their food from supermarkets. The so-called "fresh" food is not. And short of time and cooking skills, people turn increasingly to stale, processed foods containing excessive levels of salt and sugar.

Sample articles

How fresh is supermarket "fresh" food?

When is "fresh" the most nutritous

Irradiation destroys vitamins

Rock dust super-veg flourish on barren land

click here to read articles about organic food

click here to read articles about genetically-modified food

Organic milk just oozes health

BSE, infrasound and deep vein thrombosis

Essential oils for cows

The vanishing bee mystery

Food irradiation is nuclear fix

Chemicals to replace animal antibiotics

Fish and the ethical consumer

Feng shui farming


Green revolution exhausts


Mixed-strain crop growing success

Nitrates in water linked with diabetes


Mineral deficiencies in UK soil

The true cost of chemically farmed food

Wild salmon threatened by farmed salmon