Headline: Lack of Proper Nutrient-Dense Foods Linked to Chronic Diseases in Most Americans
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Cedar Meadow Farm Says Focusing on 'Food as Medicine' is Critical for Reducing Auto-Immune Conditions and Ailments

HOLTWOOD, PA / ACCESSWIRE / October 5, 2022 / Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), $1.65 trillion is spent each year treating patients with one or more chronic diseases. The annual economic impact on the U.S. is staggering with costs predicted to balloon to $6 trillion by 2050. In addition, the United States consumes the most prescription drugs . In 2020, the U.S. spent a yearly amount of $1,376 on pharmaceuticals per person.

Part of the issue is the lack of essential micronutrients in food which are necessary to sustain life and for optimal physiological function. There is widespread global micronutrient deficiencies (MNDs), with pregnant women and their children under 5 years at the highest risk. Iron, iodine, folate, Vitamin A and zinc deficiencies are the most widespread MNDs, and all of these are common contributors to increased risk of poor growth, intellectual impairments and increased risk of morbidity and mortality.

According to Farmers Footprint , a coalition of farmers, educators and scientists, even though the planet can produce enough food to feed the population, there are nearly 3 billion people suffering from nutrient deficiencies globally.

Steve Groff - or Farmer Steve as he is known - is a farmer, author, and soil health expert who has educated thousands of farmers around the world on how to grow nutrient-dense foods. The owner of Cedar Meadow Farm located in Holtwood, Pennsylvania, Groff says that even though humans are living longer, they are sicker than ever before because they are not getting the nutrients necessary to fend off diseases.

"As farmers, we get paid for yield, not nutrient density," says Groff. "We are also taught to address every pest problem by using chemicals. What I didn't realize by using these products and practices, is that I was killing the life in my soil, losing money, and polluting the water. So, I focused even more attention on how the way food is grown in order to enhance the mineral and vitamin content, which will result in a reduction of chronic diseases and subsequently lead to better human health and well-being of those who consume it."

Groff's has created a deep history of regenerative agriculture practices by innovating and pioneering in the area of environmentally healthy farming practices. He designed the first roller-crimper in North America that makes cover cropping practical and effective. He also developed the Tillage Radish, a unique cover crop that helps infuse the soil with rich nutrients and is now recognized around the world. And he was the first commercial farmer to no-till transplant tomatoes.

Groff contends that the key to improving how food is grown is educating not just farmers, but the general public. He says there are better ways to health care and well-being than relying on pharmaceuticals.

"Our bodies are made to heal themselves," Groff states. "If we truly understand that the way we grow our food impacts its nutritional value, then we can discover how to fend off chronic disease, toxicity, and poor health with a nutrient dense diet. By using ‘food as medicine,' we can prevent and manage diseases which will ultimately eliminate - not just shift - costs from our healthcare system."


Located in Holtwood, Pennsylvania, just 17 miles south of Lancaster, Cedar Meadow Farm has hosted thousands of people from over 30 countries showcasing the regenerative agriculture practices that have been used for the past forty years. These techniques have resulted in nutrient dense foods and "Better Soil, Better Oil" products that are now being tested by a university medical research lab. For more information visit https://cedarmeadow.farm or follow on Instagram or Facebook .

CONTACT Steve Groff https://cedarmeadow.farm steve@cedarmeadow

SOURCE: Cedar Meadow Farm View source version on accesswire.com: https://www.accesswire.com/718698/Lack-of-Proper-Nutrient-Dense-Foods-Linked-to-Chronic-Diseases-in-Most-Americans

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