Health from the Soil Up
Health from the Soil Up: Bridging the Silos of Health and Agriculture
Thursday, August 9th, 2018
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Bancroft Hotel
2680 Bancroft Way
Grand Hall
Berkeley, CA, 94704
Event Description:

Farms shape our health through nutrients, soil, water, air, climate, economy, and community. Given the close links among our health, the food we grow, how we grow them, and how we process and distribute them, it is surprising how little collaboration there is between medicine and agriculture. This needs to change to prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer; build health equity; offer nutrient-dense food to a growing population; and protect and restore the environment for the long-term health of our species. 

This program helps practitioners, policy makers, educators, researchers, and innovators in medicine, public health, nutrition, and agriculture explore "common ground" to find solutions that nourish people by nourishing the soil. Participants will learn about the complex workings of our food production and distribution systems and their effects on human health. They will acquire a foundational vocabulary, an understanding of the existing science, and a set of tools that enable them to begin to work together to build "health-centered" agriculture. 


At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:
  • Describe the role of farming systems in supporting human health and human nutrition 
  • Appraise evidence of the impact of the soil ecosystems and plant nutrition on the human gut microbiome and human health, including experiments, observational studies, and theory
  • Explain how farming systems and farm conditions affect farmworker health, and pulmonary health in particular, in light of various forms of evidence
  • Examine how food safety rules can support or undermine public health and sustainable food and farm systems
  • Describe opportunities to improve public health policy to promote farming systems that improve health outcomes and nutrition 
  • Describe how farm-to-clinic programs and farm prescriptions can benefit and patients

Who Should Attend?

Practitioners, innovators, policy makers, advocates, researchers, educators, funders, and administrators in health care, public health, and agriculture who believe that collaboration between health care and agriculture is necessary to improve our health and the health of our environment.

Registration Fees:

Standard Registration: $125.00
Government Employees: $105.00
Master Gardeners: $105.00
Students: $85.00


This event is made possible through the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health UC Berkeley, and the UC Davis Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety.