There certainly is a lot to be said for eating whole foods, and the health that comes with a diet full of nutrients instead of processed foods. There’s a clear health component to eating from farms that are really tending to soil, increasing biodiversity, and creating on-farm health. Naturally that food is going to be better for you.
As you were saying, there’s an emotional connection to the Earth that many in the modern context lack. I feel we’re seeing more direct correlations between anxiety, disease, and angst in our society and forgetting our connection to the Earth. Another layer of that is, just as we don’t want to focus solely on one portion of the whole farm, the same is true for human health.
We can’t attribute it all to one factor; stress, the environment, are we living out our passion and creativity? We need to approach ourselves more as the unified system that we are. I think a lot of folks engaged in this movement are starting to approach more aspects of life as a whole.
When you look at a farm and a community as one, at the same time you’re looking through that lens at yourself. I also think it’s important to remember that in this culture we’re pretty used to checking something off a to-do list, as in, is it done? What we’re talking about is completely shifting culture and how we approach pieces of land, and, thus, manage pieces of land.
Regeneration is a process and not something to complete. It’s a path of continual relationship with land and it’s really exciting.