In nature, it has always been survival of the fittest, not only with animals, but also with plants. The plants that would naturally survive would be the healthiest, high in vitality and good nutrition for us.
The weak plants and animals would not have the ability to survive over time, much less reproduce; this is called natural selection. However, this is not the case any longer with modern farming.
There are natural predators, by design, in both the animal and plant kingdoms to remove the weakest members of the species, but farmers are now using enzyme-less, chemical fertilizers and poisonous, toxic sprays to target and kill the bugs and other natural predators of the weakest members of the species, sparing the weak
As a result, it is not just the strong that survive. Every farmer knows his crops would not survive at all today because of lowered vitality, if it were not for the pesticides he uses. In other words, modern plants, our fruits and vegetables, can no longer stand on their "own two feet."
Effects In Our Bodies
This is exactly what is happening to the human race. Our immune systems are weakening to the point that we now cannot live on food alone. Supplements and drugs are almost a necessity. Look at how many epidemics we have today - from heart disease, cancer, AIDS, and circulatory problems, to pancreatic diseases.
There are so many pancreatic diseases; they now call them Syndrome X. Overcooked foods, fast foods, enzyme-less plants and chemicals have weakened our bodies to the point that we're all taking something to survive. It's no longer survival of the fittest; it's more like who's going to live the longest synthetically.
How Disease Begins
Scientists are now measuring enzymes in the soil to determine its value - amylase, lipase, urease, protease, cellulose, etc. These help determine the health of the soil. These enzyme values are in direct relationship to human nutrition. A plant, like an animal, needs enzymes to prosper. There are free enzymes in the soil and also bacteria and other microorganisms to supply them.
Earthworms make a huge contribution of enzymes. They burrow their way through the soil, engulf the soils' usable material, and excrete what they cannot use back into the soil. They cast off their enzyme rich excretions back to the soil. Horticulturists look for soils rich in worm castings to cultivate their plants.
Synthetic, enzyme-less fertilizers were developed about 60 years ago. Before this period, farmers were using enzyme rich manure. Thousands of years ago, the soil received fresh urine and feces from countless animals. All of these animals dropped their enzyme rich wastes, replenishing the soil. When these animals died, their bodies rotted and supplied more enzymes to the earth. What right do we have to ruin nature's cycle?
Our health food stores are working hard to bring this cycle back to somewhat of a normal state. Just think; we eat these weak plants, low in enzymes, low in energy, and even partly into a diseased state. Our livestock eat these same weakened plants too. These weaknesses are then transferred to the human race. This is where disease begins.
Breaking The Cycle
Survival of the fittest is the law that prevails in nature. The weakest are removed; the strongest and healthiest survive. Powerful poisons must be almost universally applied by farmers, overriding this natural law. Plants cannot survive on their own.
How do we break the cycle? We must first try our best to get the most of the natural enzymes found in foods by eating raw and organically grown foods, avoiding fast foods and other processed foods.
But even with our best efforts, it is not enough. We need exogenous enzymes. This is why I added amylase, protease, lipase, and cellulose to Juice Plus+®. For more details on enzymes and how you can get the most from your foods and supplements, see my book - Enzymes: The Missing Link to Radiant Health, by Smokey Santillo.