We appreciate this discussion on why all health issues come back to how we treat the soil between Koen van Seijen and Dr. Zach Bush on the Investing in Regenerative Agriculture and Food podcast. On the show, Koen van Seijen talks to the pioneers in the regenerative food and agriculture space to learn more about how to put our money to work to regenerate soil, people, local communities and ecosystems while making an appropriate and fair return. Dr. Zach Bush is a renowned multidisciplinary physician of Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Hospice Care, and internationally recognized educator on the Microbiome as it relates to health, human health, soil health, food systems, and a regenerative future.
How did a medical doctor end up going deep, very deep on soil, and discover that almost all health issues can be traced back to how we treat our soils? Learn about the role of glyphosate and other chemicals and why after seeing all this doom and gloom, he actually has a lot of hope for the human species.
Dr. Zach Bush spent 17 years in academic medicine where he studied biochemistry, cellular biology, pharmaceutical management, disease and ultimately worked for many years in the hospital system. He shares his observations on the current state of chronic diseases in the US.
“I had this very holistic image of the current landscape of chronic disease in the United States that was certainly accelerated, not emerging the first time in the late 1990s, early 2000s. It was just a coincidence that I showed up at this moment in history where we hit this brink or tipping point of human health, where we saw a sudden epidemic phenomenon in chronic disease, which had never been seen before.” – Dr. Zach Bush
Aside from cancer rates doubling, we now see diseases for the aged among babies. We also see a spike in the autism spectrum, allergies, and neurodegenerative diseases on children, as early as two years old.
“We were starting to see children born intolerant to their environment, as if the planet was suddenly not built for them. Suddenly, the planet was not amenable to their survival.” – Dr. Zach Bush
Dr. Zach poses the question of how we define our quality of life. He discusses why he foresees humans have less than 100 years as a species. This is due to our current lifestyle and the emissions that we give out.
“There are two important phenomena happening in human health right now to conspire to extinction, and the extinction of humans is just symptomatic of a deeper extinction event of planet Earth itself. The Earth has been through five great extinction events in the past.” – Dr. Zach Bush
Koen and Dr. Zach Bush also discussed:
- What should smart investors, who want to invest in Reg ag and food look out for
- What would Dr. Zach do if he would be in charge of a 1billion dollar investment portfolio tomorrow morning?
- The one thing Dr. Zach would change in the agriculture industry from a sustainability point of view and
- What Dr. Zach believe is true about regenerative agriculture that others don’t believe to be true (as inspired by John Kempf)