Fresh From the Field
Through the support of our generous sponsors, the Bionutrient Food Association is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships to help defray the cost of attending the Soil & Nutrition Conference for those in need of financial support. Applications are now online at https://soilandnutrition.org/scholarships/ Applications will be reviewed as they come in, and scholarships awarded on a rolling basis. Submission deadline is August 15, so don't delay! Learn more
The website for the 2018 Soil & Nutrition Conference is now live at a new, dedicated URL: www.soilandnutrition.org/. Registration opens next month, but sponsorship, exhibitor, and advertiser registration to our 8th annual Soil & Nutrition Conference is available now. For more information about the opportunities available, please visit the relevant pages for Sponsors and Exhibitors/Advertisers.
The BFA has helped create, plan, and sponsor a new initiative to connect those building out open technologies for agriculture. Starting last fall, we brought together a core organizing team to create what is now called GOAT (Gathering for Open Agricultural Technology). Our inaugural conference (actually, an "unconference" ) was held May 7 – May 9th, 2018, at Omega Institute. It was a fantastic experience! Nearly 60 people attended, from all over the world... Learn more
This has been a busy spring! There is much interest in forming new BFA Chapters and Discussion Groups all around the United States and also in Canada, and continued commitment among existing Chapters and Groups. There are so many dedicated people in our midst, working tirelessly in running their families and farms and businesses and yet they are committed to sharing their knowledge of restorative biological growing and their time with their fellow gardeners and farmers. Learn more about what's happening around the country!
Would you be interested in a hand-held device that you could point at a tomato and read out the nutritional quality of that particular tomato? We're calling it a Bionutrient Meter, and it's quickly becoming a reality. Check out this interview with Dan Kittredge, discussing the Real Food Campaign and the latest updates regards the Bionutrient Meter. Listen here
We are very excited to announce that the first prototype of the Bionutrient Meter is now in production! A handheld device that anyone can use to flash a light at food and discern levels of nutrient density, or a farmer can use in the field to determine relative crop quality. Many have heard us talk about what it could mean for our food supply, for our farms, as well as human and planetary health if such a tool were to exist. Now, we are no longer just talking about it. After an initial round of testing and tweaking, second generation prototypes will be available later this fall for lab and research partners to use in the calibration process, to identify the spectrum of variation in quality and begin building the correlative database necessary to make it a reality. Learn more
The Bionutrient Food Association is working with producers to establish growing practices that yield more nutritious crops, while developing a standard for nutrient-dense foods and a handheld tool to measure those nutrient levels. The idea behind the tool is to use existing technology, like the camera in a Smartphone, to scan produce right in the grocery store, measuring the nutrient-density of the consumer’s food options. The Association’s mission is to empower consumers to choose the most nutrient-dense foods, ultimately rewarding farmers for their improved growing practices. Read more...