A GREENER YOU

Dis­cover the health-boost­ing ben­e­fits of re­gen­er­a­tive agri­cul­ture and the “good bugs” be­neath your feet.

Clean Eating - - CONTENTS - BY KATE GEAGAN

What do a spoon­ful of sauer­kraut and healthy soil have in com­mon? A vast com­plex of “good bugs,” or life-sup­port­ing pro­bi­otics, that act as your si­lent part­ners when it comes to keep­ing your gut healthy, sup­port­ing nu­tri­ent ab­sorp­tion and keep­ing your im­mune sys­tem in tip-top shape. THE OTHER GOOD BUGS It turns out that the im­pact of ben­e­fi­cial mi­crobes runs much deeper – and ac­tu­ally ex­tends be­yond the gro­cery store shelf all the way back to the farm it­self. The con­cept of re­gen­er­a­tive agri­cul­ture refers to farm­ing or graz­ing prac­tices that yield food crops and re­store the qual­ity of the land by re­build­ing or­ganic soil mat­ter, in­creas­ing bio­di­ver­sity and pulling car­bon out of the at­mos­phere and put­ting it back into the ground. San Fran­cisco–based physi­cian Daphne Miller, MD, maps out the clear con­nec­tions be­tween a healthy farm ecosystem and the hu­man ecosystem in her best­selling book, Far­ma­col­ogy (William Mor­row, 2013). In a nut­shell, the idea is this: Com­pared with modern agri­cul­ture sys­tems, tra­di­tional or re­gen­er­a­tive farm­ing meth­ods hold a hid­den hero – a vast com­plex of ben­e­fi­cial mi­crobes that are vi­tal play­ers in the farm­ing sys­tem

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