INFORMATION FROM THE US SENATE:
"The alarming fact is that foods (fruits, vegetables and grains) now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contain enough of certain minerals, are starving us - no matter how much we eat. No man of today can eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply his system with the minerals he requires for perfect health because his stomach isn't big enough to hold them. The truth is that our foods vary enormously in value, and some of them aren't worth eating as food...Our physical well-being is more directly dependent upon the minerals we take in our system than upon precise proportions of starch, protein or carbohydrates we consume." - US Senate Document No. 264 (1936)
"Artifical manures lead inevitably to artificial nutrition, artificial food, artificial animals, and finally, to artificial men and women." - Sir Albert Howard, Founder of the Organic Farming Movement (1940)
"If you are among the two out of three Americans who do not smoke or drink excessively, your choice of diet can influence your long-term health prospects more than any other action you might take". Eight of the 10 leading causes of death, including coronary heart disease, stroke, some types of cancer, and diabetes mellitus, are related to diet and alcohol. - The Surgeon General's Report on Nutrition and Health. Washington, DC: US Dept of Health and Human Services; 1988. DHHS (PHS) publication 88-50210.
"In 1992, diet-related diseases and conditions consumed a major portion of the $819.9 billion price tag for this nation's health care costs." - Burner S, Waldo D, McKusick D. 1992 National health expenditures projections through 2030. Health Care Finan Rev. 1992;14:1-29.
"At the beginning of the 20th century the U.S. ranked 1st in health among the major industrial nations. America spends more money than any other nation on health. Yet America ranks the lowest of all the major industrial nations of the world in terms of its citizenís life expectancy. ..
...For example, the number of people getting cancer has increased from 1 in 33 in 1900 to 1 in 2.5 people today. It is estimated that in about 20 years 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer and half of them will die. According to the American Heart Association (AHA) statistics, there are 53 million Americans with cardiovascular diseases, which includes arteriolosclerosis, high blood pressure, and strokes." - Dr. Lee Warren, B.A., D.D. (c) 2000 PLIM REPORT, Vol. 9 #2