Your Microbiome: You Are What You Eat … and What Your Food Eats

On June 23, Let’s Celebrate National Soil Health Day

Knowledge is power in our plight to treat and prevent cancer and chronic illness. Despite the misguided belief that cancer is simply bad luck, reality is that up to 95% of all disease starts with what we eat or don’t eat. And it begins well before it lands at the end of your fork. Food quality is based on soil quality and agricultural practices, and a landmark study in 2004 found that everything from protein to minerals and vitamin C has dropped significantly from our most common garden crops since 1950. Thanks to monocropping that emerged in the 1940s and ’50s in effort to simplify our lives, it has come with a price on our environment and health. Soil degradation and loss of microbiome diversity are quickly becoming the primary drivers for chronic illness in our modern times. Add to the damaged soil, both internally and externally, genetic modification, billions of pounds of chemical agents and use of 80% of our precious water supply to grow such crops in the U.S. today, it is no wonder we are more overfed and undernourished than ever. Recent studies show that even our atmosphere is directly impacting nutrient density. More light and more carbon dioxide are leading to bigger, faster growing plants that are void of nutrition. Furthermore, the higher the CO2 levels, the higher carbohydrate content — think diabetic foods leading to diabetic people.

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On June 23, 2020, we will join together with a community of businesses, nonprofits, and organizations to bring awareness to the challenges soil professionals — farmers, forest managers, water quality experts and landscapers — are trying to solve today. We are asking everyone who cares about healthy food, sustainable forests, water quality and building resilience to natural disasters and climate change to sign a resolution to show support for soil health, soil life and soil vitality. Together we can make a change!

Read the National Soil Health Day Resolution

On June 23rd, think soil.