Nutrient Cycle The BIG Picture
At some point, and sooner than later, we will have to face the fact that we are the biggest producers of nutrient dense waste. We desire to eat nutritious food, often eating it to excess. Our bodies only use what it can in that moment and the rest passes through. So, with our rich diets comes an abundance of nutrient rich waste.
For centuries, and even today, human waste is used for agriculture. You may have even purchased some of it without realizing it. Many retail "garden center" outlets sell processed human waste for use on lawns and flower gardens. It is usually discouraged for use on food crops.
In our ever increasing pursuit for sanitary and sterile living environments we have sought out ways to separate ourselves from our waste. Our success in doing so has reduced diseases connected with unsanitary environments dramatically. In fact, we have created such sterile environments that we now face increased sensitivity and allergies to everyday natural substances.
At the same time we are finding our farmland soils are becoming so depleted that the produce we seek is less nutritious than that what was grown decades ago on the same ground. The connection is obvious. We bury our waste in septic fields far from our croplands, and our dead go in hermetically sealed boxes in beautiful cemeteries.
Thousands of years from now our descendants will find these incredibly nutrient dense pockets of ground that they will be able to grow fantastic produce. Provided we haven't destroyed everything before they get a shot at it.
So, those minerals and nutrients are still out there, we just don't want to use them. Unless we start looking at our antiquated practices and making changes that we are technologically capable of. We are terribly afraid of nasty pathogens that cause very uncomfortable and debilitating illnesses. But these can easily be dealt with as it is already being done in our sewage treatment plants.
"The Living Machine" is another excellent example of water and human waste that is first used to grow vegetation in an effort to separate the nutrients from the water to reclaim that water. But they are currently not allowed to grow food crops of any sort, that is, here in the US.
Many other countries have found creative solutions to reclaim those nutrients that we do not use and get them back into the food chain. Where we, for a large part, sequester them in the ground for future generations to discover, I guess.
Food for thought. We are concerned with "nutrient dense" food. We eat that nutrient dense food. We deposit our waste where it is largely inaccessible. Then we want more of that food. But we are not completing the cycle. It has been a linear system for too long. It needs to become a circular system again if we want to truly change things.
I have made several points here that I hope will stimulate a discussion. Please respond with your thoughts and opinions. I believe to begin change we have to start with a change in popular opinion. "Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized In the first it is ridiculed, in the second it is opposed, in the third it is regarded as self-...”