Chronic disease and ecology are big topics today, but rarely are these two inseparable subjects discussed as such. In this fascinating book, Dr. Bernard Jensen and Mark R. Anderson show how these two important topics are actually one and the same: The health of our planet directly affects our own health, and it is time we take care of both.
Dr. Jensen, a pioneer in the field of nutrition, was the founder of Hidden Valley Ranch in Escondido, California, a retreat center dedicated to nature’s healing principles. In the first part of the book, he shares his understanding of the essential minerals and elements that make up the delicate balance of healthy soil as well as the dangers posed to this balance by chemical agriculture, pollution, radiation, and erosion.
In part two, Mark Anderson, renowned authority on ecology and holistic health, shows how the Earth’s wellness directly impacts our own. The same minerals that compose healthy soil—calcium, phosphorus, chlorine, sulfur, potassium, etc.—make up our own bodies. If these are depleted from the soil in which our food is sourced, they will not make it into our bodies. Likewise, chemical pollutants end up in the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink. In other words, if our Earth is sick, in its soil, water, or air, then we are sick also.
Empty Harvest is essential to understanding the food crisis in America and the seriousness of responsible stewardship of the Earth worldwide.
- A history of the political involvement around the formation of the FDA and the devastating consequences of special interests on health and nutrition in America
- Historical research on the effects of ancient, indigenous diets versus Western foods
- An explanation of the most common agrichemicals and their effects on health
- The importance of atmospheric health
- Alternatives to the “germ theory” of disease
- A select bibliography including books, congressional reports, government documents, statistics, and studies
From Amazon Customer Reviews:
“Empty Harvest clearly explains the link between the lack of minerals in our crop soils and the modern day diseases associated with mineral deficiencies (diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc.). The author shows many excellent examples of how mankind is slowly destroying it’s future by robbing the Earth of the very things that give us and support life itself. Empty Harvest is a ‘wake-up call’ for us to start changing our destructive ways, or poor physical and mental health and disease will dominate our lives into the 21st Century and beyond! By following many of the guidelines in Empty Harvest (especially eating foods grown in nutrient rich soils & taking plant derived major & trace mineral supplements from organic sources), we can maintain or regain optimum health. Anyone who thinks they are getting all the essential vitamins and minerals they need from the produce section at their local supermarket needs to read Empty Harvest TODAY!”
“I just finished reading this book and have started to re-read it. I have been so touched by this book; it has transformed my attitude and thoughts about my health, the earth and environment. I only hope that everyone who reads my review will read this book or, at least, consider an organic diet in support of preventative health and farmer’s whose growing methods are replenishing the valuable topsoil and doing away with highly toxic chemicals. It is hard to believe what ‘modern society’ has done to our planet and health in such a short amount of time. I hope that, one person at a time, we can undo the damage that has been done. A sincere Thank You to the late Bernard Jensen for such thorough and insightful research.”
“‘Modern’ agriculture implemented in its production process fertilizers which are being processed out of oil. Nitrogen, phosphor and potassium (NPK) are being supplied to plants, but without trace elements. Since plants are incapable of producing minerals, when you eat vegetables or fruits you don’t get enough of those. So you have two options. Capitalism likes you to buy ‘supplements,’ so they can make an extra dollar. If you are more intelligent, you definitively go for organics. Dr. Jensen says this makes sense, for your health and even for your pocketbook, although organics are sometimes more expensive : ‘If you have to pay two dollars a pound for certified organically grown grapes, versus sixty-nine cents a pound for sprayed grapes, let me point something out : It’s better to pay a lot for something than a little for nothing. You’re always ripped off no matter how little you pay for nothing. This is an economic fact.'”
“I have been an RN for 21 years and am now a holistic health practitioner. I thought I knew all the concepts that would be presented here, but I was pleasantly surprised! This is a wonderfully written book on health and why as a nation, our health is going down the toilet! It is easy to read and the author also gives doable solutions to take charge of our health and lives. The truth is always simple. Anything complex is just a bunch of lies to make things harder to fully understand. That is what the AMA and pharmaceuticals are doing! If we don’t know the truth, we will continue to buy their lies and their drugs!! I hope everyone who wants to improve their health reads this book.”