“What Your Food Ate” – Montgomery & Bikle

What if you could…

  • Maintain excellent health, day after day, even as you get older?
  • Take back control of your health and avoid the common ‘diseases of civilisation’?
  • Have little (if any) reliance on pharmaceuticals or surgery to become and stay well?

Chronic Disease is largely preventable, so why don’t health authorities focus on strategies for promoting disease PREVENTION? Why are pharmaceutical drugs and surgery the primary treatments offered in the treatment and prevention of disease? Why is it left to individuals to discover how to do this for themselves?

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David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklé take us far beyond the well-worn adage to deliver a new truth: the roots of good health start on farms. What Your Food Ate marshals evidence from recent and forgotten science to illustrate how the health of the soil ripples through to that of crops, livestock, and ultimately us.

The long-running partnerships through which crops and soil life nourish one another suffuse plant and animal foods in the human diet with an array of compounds and nutrients our bodies need to protect us from pathogens and chronic ailments. Unfortunately, conventional agricultural practices unravel these vital partnerships and thereby undercut our well-being. Can farmers and ranchers produce enough nutrient-dense food to feed us all? Can we have quality and quantity?

With their trademark thoroughness and knack for integrating information across numerous scientific fields, Montgomery and Biklé chart the way forward. Navigating discoveries and epiphanies about the world beneath our feet, they reveal why regenerative farming practices hold the key to healing sick soil and untapped potential for improving human health.

Humanity’s hallmark endeavours of agriculture and medicine emerged from our understanding of the natural world and still depend on it. Montgomery and Biklé eloquently update this fundamental reality and show us why what’s good for the land is good for us, too. What Your Food Ate is a must-read for farmers, eaters, chefs, doctors, and anyone concerned with reversing the modern epidemic of chronic diseases and mitigating climate change.


About the author

David R. Montgomery studied geology at Stanford University before earning his Ph.D. in geomorphology at UC Berkeley. He teaches at the University of Washington where he studies the evolution of topography and how geological processes shape landscapes and influence ecological systems. He loved maps as a kid and now writes about the relationship of people to their environment, regenerative agriculture, and other things that interest him. In 2008 he was named a MacArthur Fellow. He lives with his wife Anne Biklé in Seattle, Washington.

Anne Biklé is trained in biology and natural history and has worked in the fields of environmental stewardship and planning as well as public health. Through writing and public speaking she explores humanity’s tangled relationship with nature through the lens of agriculture, medicine, and microbiomes. She is particularly enthralled with the botanical world and its influence on humanity throughout history. With the help of mulches and microbes, she has developed gardening practices that build and safeguard soil health and led to coaxing many an edible or ornamental plant into rambunctious growth or nursing them back from the edge of death.