We suspect the most intuitive answer is “Vitamin C.”
And though that response may be correct, it is also incomplete.
One of our most vital qualities human beings possess is our ability to adapt to ever-changing environments.
On the flip side is one of our most significant weaknesses: a tendency to address problems in isolation.
What do we mean by that?
Historically, when faced with global crises in agriculture, chronic disease, and the environment, humans have adapted by tackling each issue individually – agriculture with automation, a disease with medicines, and the environment with energy-efficient initiatives.
Even though we are quick to respond with “Vitamin C,” we tend to forget the interconnectedness of agriculture, industrialization, ecology, globalization, disease, and the environment all at once.
In reality, knowledge in all of these areas is needed to comprehensively answer our seemingly simple question: What is in an orange?
modgarden CEO & Founder, Aamar, states, “ I used to be a banker on Wall Street. Though my lifestyle then maybe what some consider “successful,” what came along with that lifestyle were severe and persistent health challenges.”
Aamar’s health concerns sparked his investigation into food and introduced him to the underlying relationships between food production, quality, accessibility, and sustainability.
The more Aamar researched, the more associations he found with the environment, the economy, and people’s health.
“It was and still is striking that something as fundamental to human existence as food is so widely misunderstood,” Aamar explained.
At modgarden, we strive to be your guide and walk you through the journey of food.
Related: We’re modgarden. This is Our Story.
The Nutrients We Need From Our Food
On paper, we would be able to get all of our nutrients from our food. Sadly, that is not the case, and if it were, there wouldn’t be such a massive market for vitamin and mineral supplements!
The reality is that eating a balanced diet with today’s food quality may still leave you with a mineral deficiency.
This is due, in part, to something called mineralization.
Aamar explains mineralization as, “The process by which nutrients are converted from organic to inorganic material. Generally, these organic materials are decomposed by microorganisms in the soil, allowing the nutrients to be released and made available for absorption by other plants.”
Mineralization ensures that the plants that grow our food have the highest possible concentration of available nutrients. As much as it is essential to put good food into our bodies, it is equally important that our food access good nutrients in its soil. Otherwise, we won’t be ingesting all the nutrients from our food to be healthy.
So now we’re nearing the crux of the problem.
If today’s orange does not have minerals, and minerals and nutrients are absorbed in our plants through the soil, then what we need to understand is the state of our soil and the natural processes that our current soil lacks.
modgarden is Brining the Minerals Back to Our Foods
modgarden is on a mission to provide accessible food for everyone on the planet in an affordable way. Still, it’s not just about available food—it’s about pure food, the most sterile food in the most accessible and affordable way, even more, inexpensive than a farm.
We designed our tinyFarm for people interested in pure, nutrient-dense, healthy food they can trust.
Our product is for the people who do not necessarily have experience growing their food but are intentional about becoming more involved in this vital aspect of life in whatever setting they live in.
The benefits of the tinyFarm are the soil-grown food and are willing to try growing their leafy greens and herbs year-round.
As a solution to put the minerals back into our food, modgarden is out in front and inviting everyday people to join the opportunity. Follow us on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook for updates on modgarden and our tinyFarm appliance.
Next time you bite into an orange, as yourself, “What’s in an orange?”
We look forward to our growth and hope you decided to join us on this journey.