Health from the Soil Up

Monday, August 6, 2018

Farm Policy and Chronic Disease: How are they Linked?
Free P
recolloquium Webinar with David Wallinga, MD, MPA, Physician and Senior Health Officer, NRDC's Healthy People, Thriving Communities Program

Click here to learn more & register. This presentation is not eligible for CME Credit.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM: Check-in, Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM: The Four Cs that Connect Soil and Human Health
Focus: Carbon, Critters, Cooking, and Community

With Daphne Miller, Family Physician and Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF; and Alice Waters, Restaurant Owner and Executive Chef, Chez Panisse Restaurant

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the evidence linking public health, farming systems, and soil health.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Farm to Gurney, What Happens When We Think in Silos Rather Than Systems
Focus: Case Studies from Fresno and San Jose, CA

With Aidee Guzman, Doctoral Candidate, Environmental Science and Policy Management, UC Berkeley; and Dennis Shusterman, Physician in Occupational and Environmental Health, UCSF

Learning Objectives:
  • Employ a systems approach to formulate public-health interventions through farming systems.

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM: Break

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM: Soil Life and the Human Gut
Focus: The Microbiome

With Tim Bowles, Assistant Professor of Agroecology, Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley; and Gabi Fragiadakis, Post-Doctoral Researcher in Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe how farming systems affect the soil microbiome and the human gut microbiome, and to weigh the evidence suggesting that these two biomes are interconnected.

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM: Soil Health, Nutrients, and Flavor
Focus: Grains

With David Killilea, Nutrition Researcher, Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Oakland; and Tara McHugh, Healthy Processed Food Research Leader, USDA, ARS

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe how farming systems and food processing techniques impact the taste, texture, and nutrient bioavailability of grains
  • Describe the nutritional value of whole foods and whole diets versus supplements
  • Appraise the evidence connecting farming systems and food waste to human nutritional status

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM: Catered Lunch with tables organized around topics of interest

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Farm Health and Farmworker Health
Focus: Diversified Farming, No-Till, Herbicides, and PM 10

With John Balmes, Occupational Medicine Physician, Director, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health; and Janaki Jagannath, Law Student, UC Davis, Past Director Community Alliance for Agroecology

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe how two distinct farming systems impact the pulmonary health of farmworkers
  • Discuss how farmworker health can be an indicator of soil health, food quality, and nutrient density.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Agriculture Policy is Public Health Policy
Focus: The True Cost of Antibiotics in Animal Feed

With Avinash Kar, Senior Attorney, Health and Environment, National Resources Defense Fund; and Julia Rubin, Research Assistant, UC Berkeley

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify how antibiotic use and pathogens in soil and livestock can contribute to antibiotic resistance and disease in humans, and to develop interventions to improve public health through farm policy.

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM: Break

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM: Regulating Food-Related Risks: Balancing Nutrition, Healthy Soil, and Foodborne Illness
Focus: Animal Grazing in Food Production

With Kali Feiereisel, Food Safety Specialist, Community Alliance with Family Farms; and Philip B. Stark, Professor of Statistics and Director, Berkeley Open Source Food, UC Berkeley

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe several methods for quantifying health risks in agriculture, the empirical data and theoretical models they rely on, and shortcomings of the methods
  • Identify how the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) can support or undermine public health and sustainable food and farm systems.

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM: Can Fresh Food Prescriptions and Nutrition Assistance Programs Improve Agriculture?
Focus: Community Clinics and the Healthy Schools Program

With Steven Chen, Family Physician and Medical Director, Hayward Community Clinic; and Leyla Marandi, Healthy Schools Program Manager for California; moderated by Daphne Miller, Family Physician and Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF

Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss how fresh food and farm prescriptions and food assistance programs might affect the food chain, from agriculture through food distribution and food waste
  • Describe effective local and statewide programs that increase fruit and vegetable consumption and promote health equity
  • Describe at least three ways that involvement in gardening, farming, or foraging can improve health outcomes

5:15 PM - 5:30 PM: Closing and Evaluation