A Conversation About Agriculture’s Role in Human Health
Daphne Miller, Author, Farmacology
Took time off from work as a doctor to work on a biodynamic farm.
The mantra of ‘test and replace’ was not working in my practice.
I had to ask ‘What would nature do?’
I had to think about health in this way.
Soil as vitamin
Check the photos – especially the nutritional comparison between eggs!
Soil as metabolic regulator
Microbial studies on children’s stool samples – Florence and Africa
Is food changing micro-flora?
Is soil changing micro-flora?
Microbiome transfer between soil and bodies.
Read the paper here
Soil as immune support
Work of Prof.Erika von Mutius and allergies
Why is it that farm children have very little allergies?
See slide photo – there is the same amount of bacteria in the farm and in the flat. It is the variety of bacteria that makes the protective difference.
Soil as community medicine
Karen Washington – Bronx Community Gardens
The work of Jill Litt at the University of Colorado
Soil as earth healer
Soil as medicine
Children in Finland have four times the allergies than over the border in Russia. Experts have found that it is the soil that makes the difference. Work of Leena von Hertzen – see paper here
The disciplines of health and agriculture need to collaborate.
Finland has become too clean!
Campaigns to expose people to a wider microbiome.