When we eat organic produce we are ingesting billions of soil microbes that add to the diversity of the friendly microbes in our gut. We want as diverse a gut microbiome as possible, as diversity adds a richness and depth to our immune system and digestive system- like a lush amazon rain forest.
The intelligence of microorganisms can not be underestimated. They can literally transmit information from a tree that needs a certain mineral all the way across the landscape to another plant that has an abundance of that mineral, and the mineral transfers back through the soil microbial network. In this way soil microbes transfer nutrients to plants, and the nutrients then get transferred to us when we eat plants. This means that if the microbial lifeforce of soil is dead, the lifeforce of plants that grow in that soil is severely compromised, largely devoid of phytonutrients. This is where modern agriculture is today with pesticides, herbicides and petrochemical based fertilisers.
Our children are the stewards of our planet and need to be taught the importance of nourishing (not hindering) the microbiome in both the soil and in their bodies as they are intricately connected. Understanding microbial life goes to the heart of understanding the depths of life forces at play.
Learn more at my Food As Medicine talk where my co presenter and Australia’s leading holistic dietician, GAPs practitioner and advocate of regenerative farming Marieke Rodenstein talks about microbes and gut health. Her father was a soil scientist and gave her a copy of @westonaprice’s book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration before she started her dietetics degree which radically altered her nutritional philosophy and the way she practices dietetics in Australia.