Rodale Conference to Bring Together Healthcare Professionals, Farmers

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Kutztown, PA—Rodale Institute will bring together healthcare professionals and farmers for a conference connecting the benefits of soil health to human health, according to a press release.

The Regenerative Healthcare Conference” will be hosted at Rodale Institute’s headquarters from October 16-19, 2022, to look at ways in which farming and healthcare work together to create a prevention-based approach to human and environmental health.

“At Rodale Institute, we see ourselves first and foremost as a human health organization. Regenerative organic agriculture is simply a tool to improve human health outcomes,” said Jeff Tkach, Rodale Institute Chief Impact Officer, in the press release. “That is why we are launching the Regenerative Healthcare Conference. Regenerative healthcare begins on farms and in the soil. We need doctors and farmers to come together to form a unified solution that reinvents healthcare by working with nature, not against it.”

The conference will feature interactive, in-field demonstrations, as well as panels from leading soil and health researchers.

Speakers and panelists include:

  • Researchers and staff of Rodale Institute
  • Dr. Mark Hyman, physician & host of The Doctor’s Farmacy podcast
  • Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Renowned Nutrition Scientist, Professor Emeritus at Cornell University, & Author of The China Study
  • Dr. Maya Shetreat, Neurologist, Herbalist, Urban Farmer, and Author of The Dirt Cure: Healthy Food, Healthy Gut, Happy Child
  • Dr. Monica Aggarwal, Cardiologist & adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in the University of Florida Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Dr. Ron Weiss, Ethos Health
  • Dr. Scott Stoll, Co-Founder of The Plantrician Project

The full list of speakers can be viewed here.

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The Conference is hosted in partnership with The Plantrician Project, an organization dedicated to connecting physicians and providers with the impact of diet on physical health. Funding for the conference is provided in part by the Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation, a philanthropic organization working to make a difference in the lives of others through education in arts and social services, and in part by The Robert M. Sinskey Foundation, which has the mission of advancing medical science and the quality of care by supporting education, scholarship, medical and scientific research, and clinical activities.

“Evidence demonstrates that eating healthier, nutrient-rich food will result in healthier people, less disease, quicker healing, and an extended, improved quality of life,” said Carol Baker, trustee of the Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation. “We see healthcare professionals as key messengers to educate, inform, and influence consumer choices when it comes to purchasing and eating healthier food. Our desire is that soil health and human health education at the Regenerative Healthcare Conference will be put into practice and drive change in the medical community, resulting in improved health outcomes for individuals.”

Rob Sinskey, Owner of Robert Sinskey Vineyards and trustee of the Robert M. Sinskey Foundation, added: “As an organic farmer for 35+ years in the Napa Valley of California, I have witnessed the benefits of regenerative farming to mitigate climate change. The collateral damage of climate change in the form of mental and physical health degradation will be the number one health crisis going forward. We need to engage Western medicine to bridge the divide between human health and agriculture for the benefit of all living things. Regenerative farming can reverse climate change while providing healthier nutrition to all. Educating those who are in the best position to make a difference is why the Robert M Sinskey Foundation is sponsoring this conference.”

Interested attendees can apply here. The deadline for application is May 15. Financial aid may be available for qualifying individuals.