Great article Dora and some interesting points in there. While tropical countries export a lot of their fruit they still import other food and produce from other regions as well so it seems there is a nutrient exchange within the food countries import and export. I am not sure if there is anything unique that tropical fruit take from the soil that other plants don’t so maybe the issue isn’t as much where the nutrients are going but more what we are doing with our waste.

I think we have a separation between our food system and septic systems when really it should be a more connected loop. There is a lot of great plant nutrition in our body waste that we aren’t feeding back into the loop. Phosphorus comes to mind as a main component to life that we let go to waste even when it costs so much to mine and seems to be running out. Hopefully we can work to close the loop and minimize our impact.