What Is Nutrition Farming?

Understand if we do go back to root causes, that it all comes down to nutrition. In human health, in animal health, in plant health, nutrition is the key to everything. It all comes back to … and what is nutrition farming? It’s about minerals, it’s about microorganisms and it’s about humus and how those three things and they are intimately intertwined how they interrelate and how we can work to improve those relationships. So it’s an integrated, holistic system where we are looking at that link between soil health, crop resilience, animal vitality, farmer’s health. We have at least quarter of our four days course talking about your health, and that’s fairly important when we look at the rural press supplement from two and a half years ago, where for the first time ever they published the health statistics of Australian farmers.

Here it is, theoretically the healthy outdoor green profession, and what was discovered was that it was double the levels of cancer, actually two and a half times cancer, double the levels of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, round the double. It was three times the level of depression and three and a half times the level of suicides of the next closest professions. So it’s not quite the healthy profession, and so in terms of a generally holistic approach, you do have to be a healthy farmer to have a healthy farm in my opinion. So we’re going to spend a lot of time teaching you how you can live a longer, happier, healthier life and that extends right through to hair tests and blood pressure and blood sugar and also, you need a report card so that you have a bit of a game plan with how you can move forward.

But when I started this journey, I certainly recognized those key interrelationships, but I didn’t understand the link to planetary health and what has driven me at this frantic pace over the last three or four years, is words of a man or the suggestions of a man called Professor James Hansen, who most would put in the top five, many would say he’s the number one climate change scientist in the world. And James is a NASA climate change scientist and his unique claim to fame … and believe me, it is totally unique, is that in a 49 year history in a science where you’re making hundreds of predictions on a yearly basis, this man has never, ever been wrong. So never. He’s not been wrong. I mean Einstein was wrong hundreds of times. That’s infallibility, I mean it’s supposed to be only the Pope, but this bloke has done it, and so when James told us almost three years ago that we’ve got five years left, many of us got up and started running. Five years, not till we’ve got no world, but five years until it’s irreversible and we live in a place that’s a shadow of what it used to be. In fact, many of the guys with some of the grim predictions don’t understand that there’s an answer, and the very simple thing to understand is if we look first of all at the short story of the climate change story, this blanket of greenhouse gases.

 


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  1. Heather Rainbow

    I totally agree that industrial farming is very polluting and exploits the planet, so hardly surprising that farmers are so ill. Secondly, the population does not understand the value of good nutrition so is not prepared to pay the price for food that is nutritional i.e. from ecological farming. Thirdly BIg Business is subsidised and the market rigged so that farmers buy poor quality seed and use chemical pollutants such as chemical fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides, not to mention GM seed which has poor productivity and is prone to disease. I agree that Dr Hansen is a member of the IPPC BUT his predictions are based on computer simulations (what if scenarios) with questionable inputs, so rubbish in, rubbish out. He is not a metreologist or oceanoligist (who study the weather and not atmospheres on Venus) so has ignored the natural cycles of ocean warming and cooling, cycles of cloud cover as well as the sunspot cycles. There is so little carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that doubling it would make no difference! Satellite data actually contradicts the computer model predictions. Carbon dioxide is a very minor greenhouse gas, it is water vapour (cloud) which is the predominant greenhouse gas. Farming contributes by creating bare fields (which gives a high albedo) instead of cover crops.
    The biggest threat to mankind is peak oil and starvation as land is converted for biomass and biofuel production which means the price and availability of food is affecting the survival of the world’s poorest, and now we are growing grass to convert to fuel in biodigesters!!! Whether the source is fossil fuel or renewable fuel it makes no difference they all produce carbon emissions. What barmy logic.
    We need farming that preserves and enhances the soil and grows nutritious crops without destroying wildlife, insects, birdlife, animals etc.

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    • Helen

      Hi Heather, Thank you for your addition to this very important discussion. We totally agree that it is, to quote you: farming that preserves and enhances the soil and grows nutritious crops without destroying wildlife, insects, birdlife, animals etc. that is desperately needed. This is why we created Farming Secrets to support all farmers to achieve this change.

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