Dr. Zach Bush is a triple-board certified physician, with a focus on internal medicine, endocrinology, and hospice and palliative care. He currently runs a clinic in rural Virginia that focuses on plant-based nutrition and holistic health. He’s an entrepreneur with a mind-boggling array of projects to his resume. So why is he on a podcast devoted to sustainable and organic agriculture? It’s quite a story, as you’ll hear. At his clinic a few years ago, Dr. Bush began noticing that nutrition-based medicine just wasn’t working as he had expected. Some of his patients were just getting sicker. That led him on a journey deep into a dysfunctional and toxic agricultural system that through the heavy use of chemicals like glyphosate is robbing crops of nutritional value, accelerating the decline of human health, destroying the environment and paving the way for mass extinction. Yeah, it gets pretty bleak — there’s talk of disease, cataclysm and collapse — but stick with it — because Dr. Bush is at heart a radical optimist. He believes that regenerative agriculture can save the world by creating healthy soils that will sequester carbon, reverse climate change, produce highly nutritious food and create healthy humans. To further that mission, Dr. Bush has started Farmers Footprint, a nonprofit that aims to transition 5 million acres to regenerative practices by 2025. According to Dr. Bush, all successful revolutions start with farmers.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:
In the last 5 years hydroponic growers have been able to gain access to the organisms of the soil microbiome but these organisms, while doing better than just fertilized water, still don't seem to be able to latch onto the roots of many of the plants being grown hydroponically.
Christopher Shepherd wrote:I believe the nutrition is much better growing with the proper biology, but how do I prove it. I see the health benefits in people that have always grown their own food. Do you know or have a place to actually test for micronutrients? Is there a lab that might be cost effective? Every time I try to explain this to people I get funny looks. I would like to take a store bought tomato and a home grown one and actually see the results of why one has taste and the other doesn't. I would also like to test our old line of corn.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:The hydro farms that are using these companies systems are producing better tasting foods and they also last longer on the shelves in the produce department.