Is good health really in the soil?
Many experts in soil biology, and biological farming would say yes. I have written blogs before about why your food’s food matters, but what if the plants food actually matters more? Let’s take a look back down the food chain, and see.
Daphne Miller, M.D., author of Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing, wrote in an article for YES magazine:
“I spend my days in a sterile 8×10 room practicing family medicine and yet my mind is in the soil. This is because I’m discovering just how much this rich, dark substance influences the day-to-day health of my patients. I’m even beginning to wonder whether Hippocrates was wrong, or at least somewhat misguided, when he proclaimed, ‘Let food be thy medicine.’ Don’t get me wrong—food is important to our health. But it might be the soil where our food is grown, rather than the food itself, that offers us the real medicine”. Interesting concept here. Could she be on to something?
The concept is simple. Healthy “living” soil is soil that has teamed up with microorganisms such as fungi, bacteria, and protozoa. Communication between these microorganisms, and the plants roots ultimately is what is responsible for the absorption of nutrients in the soil by the plant.
Plants need healthy “guts” too. The root ball is the “gut” or “intestinal tract” of the plant. It houses microbes in the gut of the plant, much like our human gut. We now know that 70% of the body’s immune system, is found in our gut. This is also true for the plants root. The food chain starts with healthy soil, from plant and insect health, all the way up to animal and human health. So our food’s food REALLY does matter.
I’ll be presenting more on this topic at the Gardening for Good Community Symposium January 18th. Come see what makes our food’s food better for us, and get some ideas on what to do with your local CSA baskets!
What is your favorite veggie that is in season? [sc:apple]
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