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Broccoli Is Dying. Corn Is Toxic. Long Live Microbiomes!

Broccoli Is Dying. Corn Is Toxic. Long Live Microbiomes!
Editor’s Note (9/3/2019): This post has been substantially rewritten to change or eliminate claims and sourcing that did not meet Scientific American’s editorial standards. The revised post can be found here. As food writer Mark Bittman recently remarked, since food is defined as “a substance that provides nutrition and promotes growth” and poison is “a substance that promotes illness,” then “much of what is produced by industrial agriculture is, quite literally, not food but poison.” Of course, it doesn’t have to be this way. Eliminating pesticides and transitioning to organic regenerative farming can get us back on track to nutritious food, restore microbiomes and protect our health. Let’s break all this down, and then talk solutions. “You would have to eat twice as much broccoli today to get the same nutrients as a generation ago.” Why are nutrients in our food declining? Not only are plants getting less nutritious, they’re also getting more toxic. Doomsday scenario?

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