2020 SACAD Entrants

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Empirical- Graduate


Did you know that agriculture is essential for good human health? Dr. Dr. Daphne Miller is a practicing physician in California that has spent countless hours studying how agriculture, soil health, and many other natural attributes can affect human health (Miller, 2013). Good soil health can promote positive nutrition intake for human health. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ([CDC], 2018) acknowledges that good nutrition is essential for health promotion and disease prevention. Many American’s diets lack adequate sources of good nutrition. Poor nutrition contributes to many costly diseases, including obesity, heart disease, and some cancers. Agriculture is multifunctional. Agriculture contributes to nutrition through food production. Agriculture can eliminate health disparities such as malnutrition, chronic diseases, infectious diseases, and food safety. Rich soils can produce more nutrient-rich foods. This can in turn promote healthy eating and living (Miller, 2013). Healthy nutrition and risk factors will first be discussed. Then there will be discussion on agriculture alongside nutrition and why it plays an important role.