Nurturing a Healthy Relationship with Our Food

Nurturing a Healthy Relationship with Our Food

By Ray Archuleta, Understanding Ag, LLC Food is relationship In my previous blog, I examined several institutional, philosophical and educational issues that have created unintended social distancing in agriculture. In this article, I want to shift the focus to examine another type of “social distancing.” This one involves the “relationship” we have with our food.  …

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Building a More Resilient Food System

Regenerating Human Health & Building a More Resilient Food System: Calls to Action Among Farmers, Consumers, and Healthcare Practitioners

By Sara Keough MS, CNS, LDN – Eco-Nutritionist “People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the health industry which pays no attention to food.”-Wendell Berry It may have been this quote from one of my heroes, farmer and activist Wendell Berry, that inspired me years ago …

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Education and the “Social Distancing” of Agriculture

Education and the “Social Distancing” of Agriculture

Ray Archuleta, Understanding Ag, LLC Recently, I went to a local sandwich shop, hoping for a sit-down lunch. But instead I walked into a nearly empty restaurant. This empty area made me feel uneasy, like I had walked into a futuristic sci-fi movie displaying the de-population of humans by some strange pestilence.  A sense of …

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Time for a Garden

Time for a Garden

By Gabe Brown, Understanding Ag, LLC It’s the time of the year when many of us are thinking about growing a garden.  With the ongoing pandemic highlighting the importance of having a healthy immune system, it is more important than ever that we do what we can to ensure that we are growing and consuming …

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Let’s be Responsible

Let’s be Responsible

By Shane New  Understanding Ag, LLC I want to preface this blog by stating up front that some may find the contents controversial.  My intentions are not to belittle the current situation, anyone or anything an individual does. My intention is to promote thought and conversation as to how our country can move forward so we, …

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Invest in Yourself

Invest in Yourself

By Gabe Brown and Shane New, Understanding Ag, LLC The continuing COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact on economies all over the world.  Businesses are being closed, work hours reduced and many people have been laid off. The stock market has lost a full one-third of its value in a very short time.  This …

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So, do you really want to plant corn

So, do you really want to plant corn?

With corn planting underway in many parts of the country, I couldn’t help but think just how risky that decision is.  I am not talking about risk from the standpoint of weather and concerns regarding growing conditions—I am talking specifically about the decision to plant corn, period. Look at the data from the latest farming …

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Gather ‘Round - Turkey Dinner

“Gather ‘Round”

by Gabe Brown, Understanding Ag, LLC Partner So here we are, in a situation that most of us have never been in: spending the majority of our time “in lockdown.”  We are used to the frantic pace that is life. While the kids eat a quick breakfast of processed cereal, we make sure they have …

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Healthy Gut, Healthy Body

Healthy Gut, Healthy Body

Allen R Williams, Ph.D., Understanding Ag, LLC Partner We often think of ourselves as a single organism called a person.  However, we are actually made up of a dazzling array of parts (arms, legs, ears, nose, eyes, etc.) and pieces (heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas, stomach, intestines, etc.).  Somehow all these parts and pieces function as …

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Wake Up, America!

Wake Up, America!

By Gabe Brown and Shane New, Understanding Ag LLC With the chaos occurring in our country at present, we need to slow down, gather our thoughts and “touch bottom.”  This story, shared with me by a former Navy SEAL, illustrates this point.   In one training exercise, the SEAL candidates’ hands are tied together, as well as …

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