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Food as Medicine

Touch the Soil News #1047 (Feature photo – Vegetables – CCA 2.0 Generic) The debate has been going on a long time. Recently a couple of studies have revealed that eating your fresh veggies helps lower depression. It is hard to imagine that in 1960, Americans spent $74 billion on food and $27 billion on health care. Those numbers were reversed after 1983. Estimates for 2017 reveal that for the year, Americans spent $1.6 trillion on food and $3.6 trillion on health care. The question must be asked, are we eating too much processed food and meat? In the following video clip, Phil Lempert discusses the new findings on the…

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Food as Medicine – Is a Food Revolution Coming?

Touch the Soil News #658 (feature photo – USDAgov CC 2.0) You will shake your head over the numbers in the graphs below. It’s a comparison of food and health care expenditures. The first graph is in total U.S. dollars, the second graph is on a per-capita basis. While there is a lot to this story, one of the underlying themes is the trajectory that industrial agriculture has embraced – chemical residues in food and processed foods in which nutrition is compromised. In 1960, the nation spent $74.6 billion on food and only $27.2 billion on health care expenditures. Spending more on food than health care came to an end in…

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