Modern industrial agriculture has done one thing for us: it has made food cheaper in monetary terms. The problems lie with what else it has cost us. The institution of monocultures that damage soil and reduce biodiversity, the persistent use of chemical fertilizers and insecticides has harmed the environment, water sources, animal and entered the food chain, with as yet unknown consequences. Another thing that modern farming has cost us is the nutritional value of our food.
This article looks at how agricultural practices that damage soil end up depleting foods of their natural goodness, with consequences for our health.