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The Greek physician Hippocrates (460 BC) is often quoted as having said: "Let food be thy medicin and medicin thy food", meaning so much as: "When eating the right food, you don't need a doctor". However most food produced today in industrialised countries has lost its vital qualities in the original sense of the word: life-giving. Therefore 'an apple a day' is no longer sufficient 'to keep the doctor away' as the old saying goes. The point is that what we nowadays mostly eat from our regular supermarkets is de-natured: dead stuff. It comes nowhere near the food quality that our (great-)grandparents used to know when most chemical pesticides and fertilisers were not yet invented. Even fresh fruits and vegetables are affected! Our agriculture would indeed have been far better off if Justus von Liebig would have gone fishing, and the gentlemen Haber and Bosch would have joined Livingstone and disappeared in Africa. If we want to put Hippocrates' advice into practice again, we shall have to grow our food in such a way that it becomes vital again: full of life. The way to do so is by restoring soil life to its original function: producing humus and organic nutrients for the plants to choose from. The result will be a resilient crop that does not need pesticides anymore, because it contains vitamins, enzymes and alexines again. Those are exactly the same nutrients that we also need as humans, to digest our food adequately in order to remain in good shape, and to benefit from it the way it was meant to be. It is the type of food that we call wholesome food, because it has the capacity to heal. The bonusses are impressive: resilient crops, increasingly healthy people, a more sustainable agriculture, soil erosion under control, vigorous seeds that do not need pesticide treatment, and last but not least enormous volumes of CO2 being sequestered into the soil again for free!

PS1 Hippocrates has also said that once a disease has struck, it is more important to focus on the person that has contracted it, than to focus on the disease. The reason is that a disease is only a symptom, and not the cause of bad performance of the organism. That applies to plants and crops just as well. Using pesticides means nothing more than symptom management. Don't shoot the messenger!

PS2 Eating the right food is even person-dependent, according to the Ayurveda. This Vedic work was scripted some 1000 years BC in India. At that time it could not have elaborated of course, on the impact of chemical pesticides and fertilisers. Which is really a pity, because these chemicals would have drawn quite some criticism from the Ayurvedic scholars.
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