Wireless Radiation, 5G, the Environment, and Our Health
The 5th generation of wireless communication radiation for cell phones, WiFi modems, and related technology called "5G" is upon us, with the rollout beginning in 2019. The wireless telecom industry wants to install so-called "small-cell" antennas and their power supplies everywhere, including residential neighborhoods, every 200-1000 feet, and also plans to launch 20,000 satellites into orbit to deliver the new higher frequency bands of 5G. This includes frequencies corresponding to millimeter waves in the gigahertz range, previously used only for military radar and weaponry. These frequencies require a new type of phased array antennae that produce powerful but narrow digitally pulsed beams that will be beamed-steered through our bodies and the environment incessantly. There are many issues and concerns about this technology and its potential impact on human health, animals, plants, and the environment. Some of the issues are:
- Lack of clear safety standards for these frequencies based on independent research;
- The new syndrome of electro-sensitivity associated with wireless radiation exposure, detrimental to our health, that is escalating;
- Microwave exposure as a causal factor in cancer;
- Exposure of pregnant women and children who are most vulnerable;
- Lack of inexpensive instrumentation to monitor our exposure to 5G radiation; and
- Use of 5G waves by the military in a weapon called "Active Denial."
The Federal Communications Commission has mandated a rapid rollout of 5G technology, while local communities are rising up against it. Dr. Rubik will present both sides of the story – that of the wireless telecom industry and concerned citizens regarding these issues. The science underlying 5G waves and their biological and environmental effects from the peer-reviewed scientific literature will be presented, including the declassified military literature. Consideration will be given to how best to mitigate our exposure to wireless radiation in daily life, and what some environmental solutions might be. Finally, Dr. Rubik will explore what is required to move forward safely with a new generation of communication frequencies.
Note: An expanded version of this talk will be presented on Friday morning.
Restoring Gut Health: The Essential Role of Phytochemicals
We are currently experiencing epidemics of many chronic health conditions. Autoimmune diseases like allergies, asthma, arthritis, eczema, Crohn's, MS, ALS, lupus and Hashimoto's, as well as autism, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, chronic Lyme and Alzheimer's have all increased exponentially and show no signs of slowing down. 54% of children, 60% of adults and 80% of the elderly have a diagnosed chronic condition.
While nutrient-dense diets can certainly improve health tremendously, there are often stubborn symptoms that will not resolve with even the best dietary efforts or supplementation. Our gut microbiome is crucial to health, and gut dysbiosis is almost always involved in the development of chronic conditions. In addition, leaky gut causes nutrient malabsorption and inflammation, further depleting nutrients.
In today's world filled with toxins, our gut microbiome is under constant attack from metals, petrochemicals, food additives, microplastics, glyphosate, prescription drugs and more. These toxins, in combination with stress and modern diets, set the stage for pathogenic microbes and parasites to thrive.
Find out why parasites and other microbes play a much larger role in chronic disease than commonly assumed, how they escape detection by conventional testing, and how they deplete you of essential nutrients and weaken your immune system.
Learn why our ancestors were free of chronic disease with a high resistance to infectious disease, and why foods and herbs high in phytochemicals are essential for reversing chronic disease and maintaining a healthy microbiome.
Food as Medicine: Soil, Community & Policy
Learn how Ceres Community Project is creating health for people, communities and the planet through an integrated model that ranges from healthy soil to policy change. Founder and CEO Cathryn Couch will share an in-depth overview of Ceres' community based model that engages youth as organic gardeners and chefs providing 110,000 organic medically tailored meals a year for mostly low-income community members who are struggling because of a serious illness like cancer or heart disease. As a member of two national, two statewide, and three regional coalitions working on food as medicine, Cathryn will also share insight into the rapid innovation happening in the food as medicine ecosystem, the vital importance of food quality standards, and the work she and Ceres are doing to raise awareness about the impact of food choices on public, community and environmental health.
How Solar Energy Imparts Character to Soils and Their Occupants
Energy provides not only an acceptable thermal environment for biological growth, but an entire organizational paradigm for ecosystems to grow in. Thermal conditions for growth are provided by energy balances that are the premise of the First Law of thermodynamics. All other environmental conditions are the premise of the Second Law of thermodynamics. The entire structure of soils and the ecosystems they create is dependent on the quality and quantity of the energy that they receive. This workshop will examine the difference between these two laws and identify the role each plays in maximizing the productivity of natural and agricultural systems.
Crops for Nourishment, Flavor, and Profit
Financial sustainability is critical to making a career growing vegetables. In this workshop, Derek will dive deep into the production techniques, challenges, and levers for profit for three crops which have been valuable additions to his planting plan at Brix Bounty Farm. Additionally, he will review his "crop importance" list which he used to determine the core 15 crops the farm needs to focus their production on each season for customer satisfaction and financial sustainability.
Healing in the Food System: Building Equity, Increasing Quality
For 500 years, colonization has spread across this continent like a sickness, bringing with it ideologies of duality, exploitation and war that have seeped into the core of how we, as people, relate to each other and to the land. These ideologies have become the oppressive systems and institutions that surround us, none of which existed on this continent prior to European colonization.
The food system of the United States is a product of this colonization, and for centuries has relied on the extraction of resources and exploitation of human labor, to meet the desires of a few rather than the needs of the many. It has not broken over time, but has been broken since the beginning. The imbalance of this system and its legacy, can be seen manifesting today in many ways – from the existential threat of climate breakdown to land theft, malnutrition and deforestation.
To restore balance in this country and in the world, a change in how we grow food, and how we relate to each other and to the land, is necessary. This change not only necessitates a transformation in our systems, but also a transformation within ourselves, and within our movements.
Join a discussion on what this transformation can look like, and how the BFA community can support those who have been most marginalized by the long history of colonialism and white supremacy in this country. Through consideration of our own lived experiences, we will discuss how issues of class, race, gender, and ability must be central in any attempt to increase quality in the food supply, and how building Equity – as a framework of self-determination and balancing power – is vitally necessary for healing.
Funding the Green Transition with Public Banks
The public banking movement has been gaining momentum across the country, with dozens of bills being actively pursued in various cities and states, and hundreds of organizations endorsing the concept. The US movement began a century ago, when the Bank of North Dakota was founded in 1919 by farmers who were losing their farms to big out-of-state banks. The movement reached the national level last year, when a resolution for a select committee on a Green New Deal submitted by U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Sunshine Movement included funding by the Federal Reserve, a national public bank, or a network of public banks. Public banks are also re-surging globally, triggered by the failure of private finance to address pressing climate problems without first feeding insatiable private investors. Twenty percent of bank assets world-wide are still publicly owned and controlled, in addition to the bottomless resources of central banks. Contrary to the prevailing narrative, we have and can build massive public capacity nationally and globally to finance climate and agricultural initiatives.
A Deep Dive into Money and Banking
After the banking crisis of 2008-09, even former Fed Chairs were admitting they had gotten it wrong. Economic policies are not working because the underlying theories are wrong. This workshop will take a deep dive into what is really going on with our money and banking system, how misguided policies are making it worse, and how system upgrades could underwrite an economy providing abundance for all.
Rare Earth Minerals and Quantum Healing of Plants
Rare earth elements are a key component in soil health, although their mechanism of action is largely unknown. This presentation offers a novel mechanism involving the exotic quantum properties of rare earth elements, in particular Lanthanum. Lanthanum often combines with more common minerals. Lanthanum-copper complexes, for example, have unique symmetrical or coherent electronic structures, exhibit complex geometries and emit visible light much more efficiently.
The presence of these complexes in soil offers an additional source of light for seed germination and root health. The light emitted from these complexes is also special because the light they emit is so coherent. This coherent light is believed to create symmetry and order within the plants at the chemical and atomic levels. In fact, there are many different types of coherence which have been studied in plants. These include electronic coherence, phase coherence, coherent resonance and quantum coherence. Here we propose that plant (food) coherence can be used to describe vitality. Eating coherent food creates coherence and health within our bodies.
Greg Austic & Dorn Cox
The Real Food Campaign, Collaborative Science, and OpenTEAM
Greg Austic will be providing a mid-season report for the Real Food Campaign (RFC) 2019 Soil and Food Survey which collected produce and soil samples from across the continental US. The goal of the survey is to identify: 1) the amount of variation in nutrient density, 2) the sources of variation, and 3) if spectral reflectance can be used to identify low and high nutrient density data. While the data will not be completely analyzed by the dates of the conference, Greg will provide information about the survey process, lab methods, future plans for 2020, as well as any initial findings from 2019.
Dorn Cox will be presenting about the OpenTEAM (Open Technology Ecosystem for Agricultural Management) collaborative, a group of companies, non-profits, developers and universities attempting to develop an open source software ecosystem for agriculture. He will talk about how the RFC's survey and work fits into OpenTEAM, and how collaborations within OpenTEAM can increase transparency of information in soil and food information systems.
The Battle for the Future of Food and Farming
And How We Can Win It!
Our current systems of farming and food production are not sustainable. We simply cannot continue farming and producing food, for much longer, the way we have been for the past fifty-plus years. Climate change is but the latest in a long list of environmental, social, and rural economic problems revealing the unsustainability of the current industrial agri-food system. A battle for the future of food and farming is brewing between those who are striving to "fix" the current industrial agri-food system and those believe it is fundamentally flawed and must be replaced.
Many of the large, agribusiness corporations are scrambling to restore waning consumer confidence and trust by production foods they call natural, organic, antibiotic free, GMO free, humanely raised, cage range, and locally grown. They are being challenged by farmers and food purveyors that go by names such as ecological, biological, holistic, biodynamic, regenerative, and restorative. These agri-food pioneers believe the industrial agri-food system cannot be fixed—that it must be replaced. In the global arena, the agroecology and food sovereignty movements are challenging industry-supported precision agriculture, climate-smart farming, and agricultural intensification for the future of food and farming.
Those who are trying to fix the system have major economic and political advantages. They are supported by a blind faith in technological fixes and the dogma of market-based solutions. However, those calling for fundamental change have the advantage of growing public awareness that past fixes in the agri-food system have only led to more and bigger problems. The key to winning this battle is to nurture this growing public awareness and dissatisfaction into an irresistible demand for fundamental change. This can be done by starting at the local, community level, using currently available public policy and organizational options. Local successes can be leveraged into the economic and political power to change national and global farm and food policies, and in turn, to change the agri-food system. This battle will not be quick or easy, but it can be won.
The Future: Bringing Regenerative Agriculture Into the Mainstream
As we learn about holistic regenerative agriculture ecosystems, the large number of factors that can influence our crops and soils can become almost overwhelming. The most successful growers are citizen scientists and have a working knowledge of many different areas of science, including microbiology, plant physiology, entomology, plant pathology, biophysics, biochemistry, genetics, meteorology, and more. Making sense of all the possible influences, even learning about them, is a very big task. What if the tools existed for you to be able to identify the factors which matter on your farm, and correlate your agronomic practices to crop outcomes consistently? In this presentation, John will announce some emerging technologies which will make these connections easy and accessible for anyone.
Ask Me Anything
During this session, John is ready to respond to your questions. Pick his brain! What are you curious about? Is there something that you have always wondered about, but never had a chance to ask? Did you see or come across something during this growing season that has you puzzled? Take advantage of learning what is important to you, from one of the preeminent agronomists in our midst today.
Send your questions in advance so John can sort them, and better see what you are interested in. Simply go to www.slido.com, enter event code #W306, and ask away! You can submit questions anytime from November 10, all the way through the presentation itself.
Acting as a Species on a Planetary Scale
We have observed that every cradle of human civilization has destroyed the ecological functions that continuously filtered and renewed their atmosphere, their hydrological cycle, fertile soils, and biodiversity. These are Earth's life support systems. This has been the result of human impact.
But we can restore these degraded landscapes, even those that have been degraded over long historical timelines. This must become the intention of human civilization. We have the solutions for ecological function on a planetary scale.
We need to change the intention of humans as a species - to shift our intention away from materialism as wealth to functional ecosystems as the purpose that will serve ourselves and future generations of all living things. John will discuss his work toward ecological regeneration and the growing movement of Ecosystem Restoration Camps that are a thriving example of autonomous, self-governing organizing projects, supported by a global network.
Nature's Facilitators: Micronutrient keys to health and healing
We know that nutrition is important to health but do we really know why? In this session we will explore how vitamins, minerals and other nutrients work as biological facilitators and why it matters! Why might zinc facilitate digestive function and why, really, should you care about B vitamins? This talk will illustrate nutrient pathways in a way that is engaging, accessible and useful. Most importantly we will explore thinking about nutrition in a way that frees us from dietary dogma and opens up the world of using nutrients to facilitate health, reverse disease and best adapt to a changing physical environment. Returning nutrient density to our food supply is really important. Let's think about why!
Jordan will also take part in a panel discussion, Nutrition: Health that Starts on Your Plate.
The Story of Climate Is the Story of Water
While concern over climate change commands an increasing amount of attention, the narrative remains focused on greenhouse gas emissions. However, a broader look reveals the role of water in driving climate; indeed, if we ask how the planet manages heat we see that it is largely via hydrological processes. This workshop explores opportunities to work with the water cycle to promote cooling, where this is already happening, and how soil plays an important part.
Step Inside Mother Nature's "She Shed"
Join in this discussion about how nature organizes 19 layers of matter, and how those layers present in incoherence and coherence. This knowledge is drawn from the ancient Vedic tradition, and will be explored in the context of agriculture and growing. Order, coherence, structure and flow are integral to how nature fundamentally functions and manifests. We will look at each of these 19 layers and connect them to practical growing practices. One compelling aspect is that the core 3 layers also relate to the male and female principles of natural law, and perhaps offer some sound advice for us as humans!
Learn to Write Your Story
Are you curious about your ability to put your thoughts into written word? Do you need to write for your website? Blog? Emails? Or do you want to express your opinions or share your experiences? Growers, nutritionists, well-wishers – the world needs to hear your voice! And even more important, you need to realize the hidden talent you have in writing about what is on your mind. Please join this 90 minutes sleeves-rolled-up workshop and practice tried-and-true exercises which help to bring out your reservoirs of writing talent. Surprise yourself – you will not be disappointed!
Note: This workshop will be offered on both Saturday and Sunday, and is limited to 12 participants. Please sign up in advance at the registration table.
Retooling to Repair Soils Simultaneous to Cropping
We are beginning to re-think the entrenched framework of monocropping, and instead re-learning to intercrop plant families that we have unquestioningly isolated in our farm strategies for the convenience and efficiency of mechanized harvest and marketing, referring to all other species other than the target crop as "weeds."
As we shift away from this mindset, retooling is becoming a necessity to an agriculture that is not only smart, profitable and sustainable, but regenerative. There are many components to this transition – simple and fresh inventions which encompass smaller, far more nimble and multifunctioning 2- and 4-wheel tractors, and even draft animal equipment. And in many cases, we can even eliminate multiple, separate steps by combining all-in-one-pass tools and equipment. We will dig into the methods, sequences and timing of many Systems of Crop Intensification. Rather than increase acreage in production, let's focus on repairing and nurturing the soil so that it can function and produce crops at maximum potential. Let's make the space for the plants show us a thing or two about making soils comfortable.
Nutrient Density of Ecological Food Systems
Are you designing your food system for maximum calories, or maximum nutrition? Mark Shepard, author of the award-winning book, Restoration Agriculture, will open the conversation around the sheer impact of nutrient density contained in diverse restorative agricultural systems compared to other types of cropping systems. Mark will also share ways to incorporate the most nutrition per acre, and the implications this has for Agroforestry, organic agriculture and regenerative agriculture systems.
Consciousness in Food and Plants
Growing and eating food is about more than calories. It is about vitality - and as we will learn from Mas, also about Consciousness. Mas will join us via satellite and talk about the role of frequency (or intention) in the process of food production. His work is of awakening our own individual abilities for healing and mastery. Join us as he conducts a very special session just for Soil & Nutrition Conference attendees.
The Dirt Cure
Our understanding of food and how it impacts health is ever expanding. We now know that food, and therefore our own health, depends on more than what we see on our plates. It is the product of diverse communities of microbes, mycorrhizae, minerals, soil, plants, animals and much more. This session will cover ways that our physical, mental and spiritual health depend on our ability to be in respectful community with the natural world.
Plant Breeding for the Public Good
Crop plants are incredibly diverse. Around the world people consume millions of unique varieties of thousands of different plant species. This "agrobiodiversity" is key to our food security, but unfortunately it has been terribly degraded over the past century with the rise of corporate agribusiness and consolidation, along with hybrids and genetic engineering. Habitat loss and environmental destruction further reduce agrobiodiversity through the loss of crop wild relatives and pollinators. And climate change looms over all of it — already changing the way farmers farm, but sure to threaten the food supply itself in the not-too-distant future.
Plant breeding is the only way we humans have to expand agrobiodiversity, and it's not something that requires a PhD or a neat-and-tidy research farm. In this workshop, Nate will discuss some of the basics of plant breeding, crop biodiversity preservation, and what kind of new crop plants farmers of the future will need. There will be a strong focus on breeding new perennial crop plants for climate change mitigation. He will also discuss ways to get involved in participatory plant breeding projects, regardless of your skill or experience.
In the context of an agricultural system rooted in proprietary seeds, this presentation will detail ways that plant breeders are developing varieties and new crops intended to benefit the public — whether through carbon sequestration ability, nutritional content, taste, resilience, or some other beneficial trait — rather than just a single corporation. Given the specter of climate change, it is imperative that more and more people start breeding crop plants, both to adapt them to our changing world, and to put them to use stabilizing the climate.
Nate will also take part in the panel discussion, Seeds: Traditional Heritage & Wisdom, Future Biodiversity & Security.
The Role of Redox Potential and Reduction-Oxidation Reactions
“What drives life is a little electric current, kept up by the sunshine” was the elegant summary of Albert Szent-Györgyi, a Nobel Laureate in Physiology.
Together with proton exchanges (acid-base reactions), electron exchanges (reduction/oxidation reactions) regulate the functioning of soil, plant, and microorganism systems, and largely impact soil, plant and animal nutrition and health. pH( measuring the availability of protons) and Eh (redox potential, measuring the availability of electrons) can be used as indicators of both soil, plant and animal health. In this workshop, we will "follow the electrons" in a "one health" approach to show how the cropping practices impact soil Eh-pH, which in cascade impacts microbial activity and plant nutrition, which impacts plant health and fodder quality, and as a consequence, impacts animal nutrition and health.
(Note: This workshop will be a less detailed version of Friday's presentation)
From Grassroots to Tree Crowns: Organizing to Cool the Climate
Earth repair requires both micro- and macro-level tools. We will look at what is required to reverse heat build-up in the atmosphere, explore models for community and civic action to increase green growth and water absorption in soils, and lay the foundation for a new carbon economy.
Plants as Soil Improvers
We already know so much about soil, fertility, use of compost, and increasing the mineral density of plants as a food source for mankind and animals. What if one realizes that plant roots will never use more than 4-7% of the total available bulk soil? Does that mean that we over-fertilize? Do we really lose 50-70% of the applied nitrogen, and do we settle for the fact that most of the phosphate that is applied will not be used by plants?
We will take a close look at how plants actually determine what they need and when they need it. Plant root exudates change the pH of the rhizosphere to make sure the right elements are being absorbed. All this, of course, with the help of mycorrhizal fungi and specific rhizobacteria. In this workshop, Pius will explain how plant roots and their true symbionts will increase the soil quality and how important the rhizosphere is for both the plant and the soil. After this workshop, you will know why plants and plants only are the best soil quality improvers.
From Farm to Table: Building a Regenerative Agriculture Revolution
"Farming While a Revolutionary" may well be the title of a book that we need to collectively write in the years ahead, as a regenerative agricultural revolution is past overdue. To achieve the needed changes in the food system, we must rethink how we are individually and collectively approaching the challenges we face as we attempt to change the agriculture sector from degenerative to regenerative. Where we depart from and our final destination are two key aspects to define in order to succeed at creating the necessary change at the needed scale. This session will challenge commonly accepted assumptions as to what represents an actual solution in the era of mass communications, social media and whitewashing. There is something subtle, subversive and powerful hidden right under our feet, in the air, the water and all around us – a power, when unleashed, that can render large sectors of the industrial agriculture complex unnecessary and obsolete. Do we understand what it means to build an agricultural revolution? Are we interested and willing to do what it takes?
A Few Secrets for your Health in Reams' Biological Theory of Ionization
For this talk, Sande will share a wide range of critical and lesser known "secrets" about your health, as understood through Reams' Biological Theory of Ionization (RBTI).
Do you know what is the most vital mineral that your body requires? Learn what it is, and just as importantly, what form your body requires. Learn about your most critical "nutritional" organ, and the proper way to feed and care for it.
A lot of nutritional information is not based on fact. Are you following a health fad or health fact? Learn how to tell the difference, and how RBTI is a real reference point, and how it can be a predictor of your health "before it happens". Is there a chemical reason for why you feel the way you do? Where does mental and emotional well-being start? Sande will share Reams' secrets of Vitamin C so that you might gain new insight in what role it plays in your body chemistry - a nuanced understanding that recognizes there are many different "kinds" (chemically speaking), and no one size or type that fits all. Do you know what is special about "steam distilled" water? Or why water must be really pure and really "wet" to properly support body chemistry? Don't miss this eye-opening discussion that will surely be food for thought!
In Your Garden: Reams' Biological Theory of Ionization
In this presentation about how the principles of Reams' Biological Theory of Ionization is relevant to your garden, we will start at the beginning with the truth about seeds so that we might gain a new appreciation for the "lowly" vegetable seed, and what it needs to perform to it's fullest potential in your garden. We will look at how natural plant sugars deliver nutrients, and why they are so critical to human and animal health. We will explore what type of growth you might be seeing in your garden - growth "by default" or "purpose" - what the difference between these growth patterns is, and how it can be regulated to produce nutrient density. There are vital principles to understand in raising high quality produce - if not properly understood or practiced, your garden might be an accident waiting to happen! Critical to your success in the garden is the soil your plants are growing in and the nutrients available to them. We will dig into the basic steps of getting your soil mineralization program started, and why they are essential for optimum results and the healthiest food to put on your plate.