Tag Archives: nutrition

Helping Student Athletes Go, Fight, and Win

As fall sports place physical demands on student athletes and their families, it is worth thinking twice about how we replenish lost nutrients. We feed our athletes and our soccer moms and dads far too much fast food as we rush around getting them to games and practices. Then, we send them to the courts and fields where we put ...

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From International Business to Local Regenerative Farming

Health Concerns Led International Businessman Glen Schultz to Abandon Fortune 500 Sales and Start a Farm As Glen Schultz researched the cause of his son’s ailments, he became concerned about the way milk and other foods were being produced.  At first, he shopped from natural grocery stores.  But that wasn’t enough.  The more deeply he researched how food was being ...

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Food Security in the Classroom

  Food Insecurity is a Barrier to Education Food insecurity is a growing problem in public schools, including college campuses.   In a nation that was once considered the bread basket of the world, even prominent media like the Washington Post are making note of growing food insecurity on campus.  Authors of a recent study out of West Virginia University (Reported in Nutrients. ...

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Episode 2: Microbes, Minerals and Nutrition

Click on the Podcast Player to hear Dr. Mary Lucero and co-host Tony Pragner discuss the interplay between microbes and minerals that is necessary for good nutrition. The components nutritionists call “minerals” are what chemists call “elements.” Mineral nutrients come from the soil, air, and water plants grow in. Even if you don’t eat plants, the minerals in the meat ...

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The Origins of End-o-Fite Enterprises LLC

The Origins of End-o-Fite Enterprises LLC   End-O-Fite Enterprises LLC was established in 2012 with the intent to “end the fight” for food security by restoring microbes to agricultural soils and human microbiomes so that people would have better access to safe, nutritious food.  Restoring microbes requires restoring nutrients.  The two are inter-related in a complex dance between microbes that ...

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Can Global Warming Reduce Nutrition?

According to a recent report in Science Advances (summarized in the Vox) increased atmospheric CO2, a key feature in global warming, can result in reduced crop nutrition.  They demonstrated this effect using rice, a staple crop that feeds much of the world.  This would seem threatening, since poor crop nutrition impacts food webs all the way from the soil to the plate.  Human ...

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Why Is Living Soil a Disruptive Innovation?

We know soil is alive.  Why do we treat it like dirt? The first lesson in the first soils class I ever took covered what soil is made of.  We learned soil contains minerals, air, water, organic matter, and “critters”.  Yes.  That’s right.  Critters.  All those little squirmy, wiggly things that live underground.  Bacteria.  Fungi.  Worms.  Insects. Those living things ...

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Cultivating Food Security with Farmer-&-Consumer Networks

Consumers Need to Know Where Their Food Comes From Throughout the years I’ve been involved in agrisciences, I’ve had many occasions to interact with farmers, ranchers, and other producers who ensure we have food on our table.  As long ago as I can remember, these farmers and ranchers have expressed concerns that people simply don’t understand where their food comes from, or ...

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Chemical Dependency Starts in the Soil

Chemical dependence begins in the soil where our food is grown. Chemical Dependency Is About So Much More Than Recreational Drugs Growing up on the edge of Generation X, I learned early on about the most universally recognized forms of chemical dependency.  In our community, we were exposed to a number of people who drank too much, smoked too much, or ...

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