Daniel Sinclair+ Your Authors @_DanielSinclair Building for young people. Not reading @danielsunread. Lurking behind likes and thinking about social media, communication, & China Sep. 28, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors

A lot of hopeful charts here. I cannot wait until the ‘fresh fruit’ myth dies, however. Is something shipped from Brazil or pulled out of cold storage w/ a forklift even ‘fresh’? We might as well call the fruit obsession fresh diabetes, or fresh GMO.  https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-09-27/american-shoppers-spurn-orange-juice-for-for-fresh-fruit 

For the last 10,000 yrs, we’ve selectively bred and largely created these foods. But the successes during the same period may have been in spite of, not because of, these creations. For some reason, we still think they’re uniquely healthy, where cold=fresh  https://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/26/opinion/sunday/breeding-the-nutrition-out-of-our-food.html 

The actual nutrient declines in these ‘fresh’ foods are pretty insane, and the soils are worsening. Either the healthy future will look like a Soylent slurry, or we will have to GMO ancestors to rewind time and engineer sustainable alternative paths.  https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/soil-depletion-and-nutrition-loss/ 

In the same vein, while the world faces a nutrient decline in soils caused by these misguided foods, alongside plights of climate change & soil salinity, there are unanswered questions about the paths to resolution. Nearly 20% of China’s farmland is toxic  https://www.economist.com/briefing/2017/06/08/the-most-neglected-threat-to-public-health-in-china-is-toxic-soil 

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