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Empty Harvest

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Nearly twenty years after its initial publication, Dr. Bernard Jensen’s sobering picture of just how interconnected man is with the earth, and how this connection is being destroyed – link by link – still resonates powerfully. In this eye-opening account of the inherent dangers in our agricultural system, Jensen looks at the better-known manmade disasters, such as the ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Avery (first published 1990)
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Nov 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, nutrition, health
One of the most profound things I learned this year was how nutrient-depleted our food supply is in the United States. It's not just the processed food that is obviously depleted of nutrients and then left with substances that just steal more nutrients from your body. No, it's also even the "whole foods" you buy at the grocery stores, too. Compare nutrient density of produce of the past and produce of today and you will see a shocking difference. It's no wonder that Americans eat MORE calories ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great information in this book. It is a little bit daunting to face the reality of all of our earth’s pollutions and how it affects our health, but we need to be informed and find ways to detoxify and be proactive. I especially liked the chapters on soil, our immune system and what causes disease.
Sep 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
p 12: "It [DDT] is found in the tissue of penguins in the North Pole."
p 14: "...or into the liver of a penguin in the North Pole."
p 131: "DDT has been found in the livers of penguins in the North Pole."
p 159: " they were not tempted to eat devitalized food: ...liquor (except a little homemade wine),..."


It is hard to take a book seriously when they say--three times--that penguins live in the North Pole. It is hard to take it seriously when they apparently don't know the long
Dec 24, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is one of the few books in my life that I have put down before finishing and likely the only I threw down. It started with a rather Victorian introduction, not surprising considering the age of the author; which in many ways was intended to justify his knowledge of the subject. Once into the meat of the book, I was saddened by the lack of citations or footnotes, but realized that this is more the flaw of this attempting to be a "popular" book rather than an academic treatise. However, I ...more
Jun 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I skimmed through this book because I didn't have very much time to read it. But everything I read was very telling and interesting!

Knowledge is power. We need to know what we put into our bodies... and this book paints a pretty sad (but accurate) picture of the food we eat as Americans.

Jensen talks about the importance of soil, and what it takes to have good, healthy soil that food will grow from. Today, the soil that crops are grown on is so depleted that nothing will grow in it unless you
Sep 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Every person with half a brain needs to read and understand the intense global message in these pages. Mark Anderson and Dr. Bernard Jensen are true messengers carrying a torch that too few people receive the healing light from. The broad topics range from the poor American diets that are causing chronic disease, commercial farming, soil and air contamination water toxicity, etc., and what we can do to make changes here and now. Sadly, this book is already 20 years old...and we are still facing ...more
Aug 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Although this book was written years ago, it is incredibly relevant. If only the decisions-makers in this country would have been required to read this a decade ago, perhaps we could have dodged a few genetically-modified corn bullets. A must read for anyone concerned with the environment and what's in their food. This book explains why organic agricultural practices have far-reaching ripple effects!!
Donald Ozello
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Must read if you are interested in health and nutrition. I highly recommend this book.

Makes excellent and intelligent points on the importance of healthy soil to grow healthy food. Describes some of the proven nutritional methods of Dr Royal Lee, the founder of Standard Process supplements.

I read this book a second time and liked it even more. Great book. Anyone that is interested in improving their health should read this book.
Aug 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Written in 1989. "understanding the link between our food, our immunity, and our planet." Includes the work of Royal Lee and Dr. Weston Price. The background and details of all that I have been learning with Dr. Schmidt. Very good. depressing. Wishing there could be a 2014 follow-up, talking about what positive changes there has been since then, and also the negative.
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