It’s not magic: To improve the nutritional value of food, improve the soil


What’s the one magic ingredient for growing strong and healthy plants? Hint: There isn’t just one.

There is no single ingredient for growing plants that meet their full genetic potential, just as there is no magic pill for losing weight.

Instead, it takes a balance of macronutrients and micronutrients to ensure more colorful plants, more nutritious crops, and plants that are vigorous and strong.

Soil’s major nutrients for plant growth are calcium, magnesium, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Small amounts of iron, copper, zinc, manganese, boron, aluminum, selenium and silicon are also necessary and help plants absorb the major nutrients.

Unfortunately, many of the world’s soils are depleted of these essential nutrients thanks to over farming and the constant use of synthetic fertilizers. The result is compact, lifeless soil—void of the microorganisms that keep plants healthy and resistant to pests and disease.

Without sufficient nutrients, plants produce mineral-deficient crops that taste like they sound, i.e., deficient. If you’ve ever eaten a tasteless grocery tomato, you know what we mean. That’s because minerals create the sweetness, flavor and nutrition in our food.

The problem is that missing minerals are just that…missing. No amount of organic matter will make up for it.

Just take a look at calcium in broccoli. Donald Davis, PhD, analyzed 43 fruits and vegetables from 1950 to 1999 and reported reductions in vitamins, minerals, and protein. Using USDA data, he found that broccoli had 130 mg of calcium in 1950…and today it only has about 48 mg!

What is the solution? Well, one solution is remineralization with rock dust, an all-natural product that mimics the earth’s own process of building healthy soils.

But not all rock dust is alike, however. Ground volcanic basalt has proven benefits that date back to the 1930s. Volcanic basalt is what is in Cascade Minerals Remineralizing Soil Booster—and nothing more, i.e., no synthetic or man-made materials (it is listed by OMRI for use in organic production).

Volcanic basalt’s benefits include increased growth and vitality, more colorful plants, more nutritious crops, and more vigorous and stronger plants. Greenhouse trials show that Cascade Minerals Remineralizing Soil Booster in particular:

  • Aids in the regeneration of your soil while feeding plants and beneficial soil microbes.
  • Supports and increases microbial activity in all soils.
  • Provide micronutrients and trace elements that are important to the life cycle of plants.
  • Contributes to increased growth, vigor and disease resistance.

The result? Naturally sweet and yummy fruits and vegetables that don’t need any added fat, salt or sugar to satisfy the body’s physical, emotional and nutritional needs. (You’ll also notice that instead of rotting on the kitchen counter, mineral-rich produces dehydrates slowly.)

Now that’s something you can believe in!