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Nutrition per acre - a new measure of farming success

March 23, 2020

Towards the end of last year, whilst listening to an episode of the Regenerative Agriculture podcast, I was fascinated to learn about a prototype handheld spectrometer being developed by the Bionutrient Food Association in the US, which uses the signature of reflected light from food samples to give a potential indication of their nutritional density. Although this technology is still in its development phase, and a significant amount of data needs to be collected to calibrate the readings from each food type, it has the potential to enable any farmer or grower to measure the nutrient density of their crop (be it grass, grain, fruit, vegetables and potentially also meat and dairy products further down the line). On top of this, it could also allow consumers to make a quick assessment the quality of the food they're purchasing. But in nutrition terms, what makes one field of carrots different from the next? It's an important question, particularly as we're constantly being told that we all need to eat more veg - it's now not just 5, but 10 portions a day. But which 10? And where should we be getting these from? This question extends far beyond vegetables and is something more and more people are starting to think about. Read the full article

New! BFA Garden Kits for growing nutrient dense food

What’s got Dan so happy? Well, he's holding our new Garden Kits!

What's a garden kit? – It’s a broad spectrum fertility program for the home gardener complete with our custom mineral blend, liquid feed, and seed inoculant.

Sounds cool, but does it make a big difference? – Yes! This kit is designed to prime your soil, seeds, and plants for season of vigor and vitality! But you don’t have to take our word for it; this year we are conducting side-by-side trials in our lab.

How do I get one? – Thought you’d never ask! Ordering is easy on our website; available to BFA members in the US.

Anything else? – Get ready to have your best garden yet! Learn more and get yours today!

The go-to vegetable grower’s manual

After growers and gardeners have taken our two-day Principles of Biological Systems course, they frequently ask me if there's a single book out there that encompasses all that they have just learned in the weekend workshop, a book that summarizes the practices and insights they could dig in and refer to later.
This is that book.
Coming out this month, this is, quite frankly, the best practical manual for vegetable growers that I am aware of. Read more

Growing Real Food For Nutrition

On the BBC Today show, our friend Matt Adams, an ecologist in the UK, demonstrates with a refractometer that not all food is created equal. He explains that while a brix reading is suggestive, it is still only correlative rather than definitive regarding nutrient quality in foods, and then shares a bit about our Bionutrient Meter and the ongoing field testing that is in the works. Matt is partnering with the Real Food Campaign to conduct citizen science research trials in the UK to further develop and calibrate the Bionutrient Meter. Matt goes into further detail in an article, "Growing Food for Nutrition", he wrote for the Winter 2020 Soil Association magazine, Organic Farming. Read it here

Joel Salatin offers high praise for the BFA

We recently received a note of congratulations on an editorial by Joel Salatin praising our work in the Stockman Grass Farmer, of which he is Editor. In the article, available here, he applauds the progress we have made in developing the Bionutrient Meter and in beginning the process of defining the range of nutrient variation in our food supply. Joel is known for not being a joiner and for rarely, if ever, blessing entities or organizations. In fact, he admits, "I've been waiting a decade to write this column." We are very proud that he has taken the stand to speak about the importance of our work. Read the article...