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Any Volunteers?

Would you knowingly volunteer to be part of a giant experiment that could have dangerous implications for your health? Probably not.

But the author of this week’s essay argues that we are all just that—unwitting lab rats in an experiment designed by the industrial chemical agriculture giants whose only motive is profits, not science.

In this week’s essay, Dave Chapman, executive director of the Real Organic Project and owner of Long Wind Farm in Thetford, Vermont, explains how industrial agriculture is destroying soil health, destroying plant and animal health, destroying human health—and if that weren’t bad enough, destabilizing our climate. 

Chapman says that industrial ag “has chosen yield over taste, and shelf life over nourishment.” Pointing to research on the relationship between soil health and human health, he writes:

“For the first time in history, humans are eating food grown without the benefit of a healthy soil microbiome. The health consequences are likely to be very serious. Any volunteers to participate in this experiment? It is hard to avoid volunteering.”

According to Chapman, humans have evolved to thrive on a diet rich in antioxidants and polyphenols. We are not getting that diet from industrial agriculture. 

Read ‘May the Fork Be With You’

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