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.
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.
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 resurging 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.
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!
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.
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.
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, Seed: Where It All Begins.
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.
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.