By Wendy Boe
Soy is probably the most destructive monocrop (and one of the largest) in the United States. The crop steals the nutrients from the soil, as it is also one of the most heavily-pesticide ridden crops and mostly all of it is genetically modified. According to a Farmers Weekly report, nearly 70% of the United States’ soy bean crops are subsidized by tax payers. Our tax money goes to fund Industrial farms to “grow” these crops that are fed to their animals (who get ill from it) and sold back to the tax payers by way of meat and processed foods found in the grocery stores.
In addition to the glyphosate sprayed on the crop, soy contains high levels of lectin, phytates, and goitrogens. Lectins will trick your brain into thinking you are hungry and disrupt the hormone leptin (secreted into the blood stream via fat tissue), which increases with food intake. This could cause low energy and obesity, and sometimes contribute to an insulin resistance.
Phytates can prevent the body from absorbing needed nutrients. Some people call them the “anti-nutrient” for this reason. Phytates bind with the minerals, therefore, inhibiting their absorbtion.
Goitrogens are compounds that resist the thyroid’s ability to utilize iodine; which could lead to thyroid problems. Goitrogens are also found in broccoli and cauliflower. If you have thyroid issues, you should avoid these foods.
Plant estrogens in the form of isoflavones are also found in soy. Isoflavones raise estrogen levels and lowers testosterone levels. High levels of estrogen could cause breast and endometrial cancers in women, infertility and erectile dysfunction in men. They also cause premature puberty and disrupt brain development in children.
Soy is inexpensive and easy to grow, that is why it is the chosen crop. We were tired of eating inferior food that was making us ill. I developed thyroid issues, and John’s allergies were out of control. This is why we started our farming endeavors. Six years ago, we set out on a mission to raise superior, nutrient dense food that does not contain chemicals, including soy.
The downside of all of this for us farmers who refuse to feed our animals soy is that we have to get our feed custom made, which needs to be ordered by the pallet, and the closest mill is hours away from us. This customized feed costs three times more than the traditional that uses soy. To provide protein for our livestock, we mix flax seed, fish meal, and crab meal in addition to our hydroponically-grown sprouted fodder that contains sunflower seeds and snow peas.
We feel a million times better than what we did before we started eating our nutrient dense food. We eat less, get full faster, and the food provides us with needed energy. I do not regret spending more for our food because I know if we didn’t, we would end up paying a lot more to the doctors. So, how do you put a price on your health?
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