On March 11 a lively group gathered to discuss Daphne Miller’s exciting book, “Farmacology” at the Doylestown Bookshop. Energized by the warm weather outside, the group discussed a wide array of topics relating to Dr. Miller’s book.
The author explores the notion that human health and farm health reflect one another, and are more closely related than previously thought. For instance, Miller states that nitrogen to oxygen ratios as well as healthy bacteria levels are nearly identical in both healthy humans and healthy soil. As a practicing physician, Miller was fascinated with the idea of using nature as a catalyst for thinking about human health in new ways. Over a period of several years, she traveled to farms around the country that embraced a holistic and biodynamic mindset. Each farm- whether an urban garden, cattle ranch, or vineyard, provided the author with a unique lens through which she viewed related human health issues.
Our group took on a great discussion of the book. On a very exciting note there were even three generations of women in the same family who showed up to discuss what they read and how they felt about it! As a group we talked about all the positives that come from healthy and local gardening. We covered topics of raw milk, industrial farming, what does true “organic” certification mean, and much much more. (If you are intrigued by Organic Certifications, come and view "In Organic We Trust" on the 20th)
So we hope to see you at the next book club! Even if you do not read the book, it is fun discussing important topics that give us food for thought about or food system and the food we eat. [And members often bring fun local snacks as well!]