Theo de Jager engages in a discussion with Judy Sole, addressing various topics related to farming, agriculture, and the challenges faced by farmers in the modern world. The conversation delves into the critical issue of soil health and its impact on plant and human health. They explore the idea that healthy soil, free from toxins and chemicals, can contribute to the overall well-being of both crops and consumers.
The focus shifts to the role of farmers in understanding the natural health of their soil, emphasizing the importance of microbial content. Theo de Jager expresses concern about farmers who have been influenced by conventional farming practices sponsored by fertilizer and chemical companies. He highlights the need for a shift in mindset among farmers towards organic and sustainable farming practices, emphasizing the potential benefits for both the environment and human health.
The discussion expands to include the challenges faced by organic farmers in the market, where the demand for organic produce may not be as well-established. Theo de Jager emphasizes the need to start with the demand side to bring about changes in the food system. He advocates for a shift in consumer preferences and an increased awareness of the benefits of organic and natural farming.
The conversation also touches on the concept of natural immunity derived from a healthy biome, drawing parallels between the health of soil, plants, and humans. They discuss the potential benefits of farming practices that avoid the use of toxins and focus on building soil health. Theo de Jager advocates for a change in market dynamics, where consumers are willing to pay a premium for food produced in a way that prioritizes health and sustainability.
The discussion takes a turn towards the practical aspects of farming, addressing issues like the use of antibiotics, organic farming techniques for specific crops like avocados and leeches, and the challenges faced by farmers in adopting new, sustainable practices. Throughout the conversation, Theo de Jager presents a nuanced perspective, combining his practical farming experience with a global outlook on the challenges and opportunities in modern agriculture.