A Non-Profit Organization engaged in research to restore the fertility of earth’s soils. Our world is heading towards a major dilemma as we continue to lose topsoil at an accelerating rate. If topsoil loss continues at present rates, it is estimated that there is less than fifty years of topsoil left. Without arable topsoil, the world will lose the ability to produce the nutritional food needed to maintain human health. Recent discoveries in soil formation processes have lead to new knowledge about the restoration of depleted topsoil and how to prevent the depletion of arable farmland. NSI is working on a global basis to help educate growers, agriculture corporations, NGO’s, and governments on the need to stop topsoil loss and the tools which can be applied to do so.
- To restore depleted agricultural soils, regenerate topsoil and assure that the nutritional quality of harvested food will sustain human health.
- We envision a global food system where sustainable farms grow nourishing food for people in healthy, nutrient rich, biologically alive soils.
- Establish comprehensive programs to restore mineral and organic content to agricultural soils to halt declines in topsoil.
- Encourage the application of new sustainable soil science to change agricultural practices to improve the biological life in soil and increase the nutrient density of food.
- Create market based incentives to apply current soil science to renew depleted agricultural soils and grow safe, health food.
- Improve human health by promoting agricultural methods that increase the nutritional values of food.
Healthy, biologically alive soil is the basis for nutrition security for all people and every single organism on the Earth. Within our limited and deteriorating supply of topsoil is the foundation for the nutrients essential for human health and the health of all other organisms on Earth.
In the United States and throughout the world there is a widespread lack of adequate nutrition in both in the agricultural soils in which food is grown and in harvested food. A critical need exists to halt the alarming declines in the world’s supply of topsoil and to increase the nutritional values of or food.
Soil is the largest living segment of our planet’s biosphere and the engine of life for our world. The microbial life within the thin top layer is greater than the combined weight of all other organisms on the planet. These microbial life forms are the engines of topsoil and critical to the production of nutritious food. The number of beneficial soil organisms in one teaspoon of soil....
The last 50 years has resulted in the destruction of over 50% of our supply of topsoil needed for food production. Extensive topsoil has been lost through the overuse of inorganic fertilizers, erosion and farming practices that deplete soil nutrients.
The nutrient values of harvested food are linked to the biological activity of soil microbes, soil organic matter, the mineral composition of the soil, fertilization practices and the genetics of the plant. Exhausted soils depleted of needed minerals and organic material cannot grow healthy, nutrient rich food. 80- year decline in the mineral content of one apple....
Food grown in depleted, nutrient deficient soils lacks the nutrients needed to keep people healthy. The nutritional content of harvested food produced today is significantly different from the food produced seventy years ago. 80-year decline in the mineral contecnt of vegetables....
The human body needs nutritious food to stay healthy. Food is the body’s main source of energy. Nutrients in food are needed to sustain life. Our diet, the food we eat, is the source of nutrients for all our body’s biochemical processes. The essential nutrients come from plants – fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and animals – meat, eggs and diary foods. Traditional Diets Compared to 20th Century Diets....
While the nutrient density of harvested foods has declined significantly over the past 100 years. At the same time, food consumers are becoming increasingly interested in wellness and the prevention of disease. Change is needed to create incentives for growers to produce food with nutrient levels adequate to sustain the health of our families.
To maintain good health, humans need good food with both vitamins and minerals. According to the USDA, Americans lack the minerals, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and the vitamins A, C, D, and E. Without needed minerals and vitamins, research has shown that people develop chronic health conditions. More and more nutritional studies have linked many of today’s most prevalent disease to nutritional deficiencies. Changes in the Nutritional Content of Beef and Chicken....
Nutritional research has revealed the critical inter-relationship between vitamins and minerals and optimum health. Both vitamins and minerals are needed to maintain human health. We obtain them by eating food from plants and animals. Deaths from Heart Disease....
Minerals may be more vital to physical and mental health than vitamins. Minerals assist the body in a multitude of biochemical processes. Minerals are inorganic compounds found in the soil. Foods grown on soils depleted of minerals do not contain the mineral needed to sustain human health. Minerals go Down, Disease goes up....
The Nutrition Security Institute is organizing our program efforts around three strategic initiatives, Global Topsoil Restoration, Sustainable Soils Initiative, and Nutrient Dense Food. These three thematic program areas are strategically designed to provide leadership to implement our vision of a global sustainable farming system that produces the nutritionally rich food needed to keep people healthy.
We aim to facilitate the transfer of new sustainable soil science technology to:
- Halt the loss of topsoil throughout the world
- Restore the health and biological life of agricultural soils
- Improve the soils ability to produce nutrient rich food
Global Topsoil Restoration
Program goals are to increase nutritional security in areas where hunger is prevalent by ensuring that a good supply of low cost organic fertilizer is available for food production. We aim to establish fertilizer production facilities that will transfer the new sustainable soil science technology where needed. Increasing the supply of low cost organic fertilizer ensures a dependable supply of healthy nutritious food is available.
This program initiative is designed to accelerate the adoption of new sustainable soil management practices throughout the world. Education and advocacy programs focus on the transfer of new emerging knowledge of the soil mechanisms and their role in increasing key organic soil acids and the re-mineralization of soils needed for the production of nourishing food. Skilled producers able to renew depleted soils through the application of new sustainable soil science help to halt the loss of topsoil.
Nutrient Dense Food
The ability of farmers to produce safe, healthy, nutritious food is critical to sustaining human health. Without adequate nutrition from food people become susceptible to disease. This program uses incentives to increase the supply of high quality food products that have superior nutrition. Incentives reward growers who produce high quality, nutrient dense food.