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Quality Soil and B12?

by Elle

Elle's Question:

Dear Andrew,

I recently read the post on your B12 results.

I am very impressed. I understand that eating foods from quality soil may not give everyone your results but what kind of soil and compost do you use for your garden?

Andrew's Answer:

Hi Elle. Thanks for your question.

First, I'd like to emphasize that I am by no means assuring anyone that growing food in any type of soil will necessarily lead to healthy B12 levels.

B12 is often as much an issue of absorption as it is one of intake, and because our bodies produce B12 (although whether it's absorbable or not is debatable), we may not even need to take in outside B12.

That being said, there's reason to believe that food grown in organic soil has higher levels of B12 than food grown in chemically-treated soil.

What I do:

I like to think of myself as a bit of a gentleman farmer, and I've been working on various composting systems to see what works best in my garden.

As a raw foodist I have massive quantities of food scraps that form the basis of my compost - banana skins, watermelon rinds, and old greens galore. Added to this are leaves, rotting wood, grass clippings, and dead plants of various types.

I also get some free-range horse manure every year to add in.

I've experimented with throwing this stuff into pits dug into the ground, mixing it in compost bins, or even blending it in a Vitamix and applying it right to my trees and vegetables.

Frankly, I'm an amateur when it comes to soil health, but my efforts have improved the quality of my produce, and so therefore my health in general. If good composting methods are helping with B12 levels, all the better.

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