Buying directly from farmers has a disproportionately large impact on the local economy.

I ran across an article this morning that supports what I have believed for a long time; the industrialization of agriculture has not only lowered the quality of our food, but it took the life-blood (people, biology and minerals) off of the family farm.

In this article, written a few years ago, Dr Rima Laibow states…

Dr. Laibow estimates that for every dollar spent on supplements in the United States (approximately $20 billion last year according to Andrew Weil, M.D.) the cost to the pharmaceutical industry is about $40. So the more supplements people buy, the less drugs they buy. Upon observing societal trends, it seems that more and more people are using natural health products. Over 80% of Americans routinely use nutritional supplements. Overall, this is good news for health. But it is bad news for the pharmaceutical industry.

Why do we need supplements? In my estimation it is because those vitamins, minerals and enzymes are in much lower quantity and diversity in the soil (we call it dirt if those things have been removed), so they are in lower quantity and diversity in the plants we get from the “soil” and from the animals that eat the “tons, pounds and bushels” that are grown or harvested in those “soils.”

So if we eat to get vitamins, minerals and enzymes, and industry produces tons pounds and bushels. we have a problem similar to Apollo 13. How are we going to get back to the kinds of nourishing foods that give life. On last week, there was an article that went right to the heart of this matter and proposed a solution…

Citizens in “modern” nations are thus surrounded in everyday life by institutions and practices whose founding rationale is the ideology of disconnection. Thanks to our education, we come to see this state of mind as natural – even though it came into being quite recently – and also inevitable, even though until recently it was unique to Western society.

In contrast, the food movement believes in something very different, which can be summarised as follows: that the purpose of life is health and that the optimal and most just way to attain human health is to maximise the health of all organisms, with the most effective way to do that being through food.


This blog is not well written, but I don’t profess to be a writer. However, I am passionate about human health and life-giving food produced by caring people.

Come join me at this years Idaho Center For Sustainable Agriculture’s 5th annual conference on December 3rd at JUMP in Boise…for a more in-depth conversation.

I am also at the New Boise Farmers Market almost every Saturday.