Regenerative Agriculture and the Human Health Nexus in the age of Climate Change

The Coalition of Regenerative Agriculture, Food and Health (CRAFH) team is comprised of professionals from the healthcare system, research scientists, and the farming and food industry with the common goal of building a model that connects viable regenerative farming, enhanced food quality, and improved human and environmental health outcomes under climate change uncertainty. Our work seeks to address 3 problems:

  1. rising incidents of non-communicable chronic diseases;
  2. The industrial agriculture system is unsustainable; and
  3. Siloed food systems from farm to body.

As well as 2 objectives:

  1. Establish the Coalition of Regenerative Agriculture, Food and Health (CRAFH) team.
  2. Assess knowledge gaps of healthcare professionals along the RAHHN and develop novel strategies to close these gaps.

During the project reporting period CRAFH successfully:

  1. Provided 1 RAHHN Food Systems Training Module at UICOM-Peoria through a multidisciplinary lens with 24 family practice residents, medical students, dietetic students, and MDs;
  2. Convened a multidisciplinary team of 8 farm, food, & healthcare experts to begin addressing our siloed systems and address systemic solutions;
  3. Increased CRAFH membership from 6 to 13;
  4. Provided outreach through 8 presentations to health care professionals, academic researchers and the general public generating interest at local, state, regional, national, and global forums;
  5. Completed RAHHN literature review and drafted a peer reviewed manuscript;
  6. Developed core messaging to articulate the goals of RAHHN: Regenerative agriculture supports soil microbial health and, through food, supports microbial health;
  7. Finalized RAHNN Survey;
  8. Drafted a CRAFH Wiki-page.
  • PI: Erin Meyer
  • PI Institution: Basil’s Harvest
  • September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023