Organic Farming Impacts on Soil, Food and Human Health

A vital connection between healthy soils and health of plants, animals, and people is a basic tenet of organic farming. There are numerous ways organic farming can transfer health to people. Eating fresh foods from fertile soil is the pathway to human health that receives the most attention. This presentation will explore organic farming and human health connections via food and nutrition and go beyond that to include the potential for better social relationships and psychological well-being. Joseph Heckman, Ph.D., Professor of Soil Science, Rutgers University teaches Soil Fertility, Organic Crop Production, and Graduate Seminar. He conducts research on optimizing nutrition for plant, animal, and human health and has authored numerous publications on soil fertility and organic farming.