The Third Plate x Health, Part 2.

Article one: The similarity between plant health and human health.

In the opening section, following the thesis, Chef Dan introduces his farming partner, Klaas Martens, in order to posit his thoughts on the connection between plant and human health.

They begin by using an analogy on weeds — those pesky shits that attack your garden, to interlace the two themes. Klass begins by recounting a story about his schooling days,

“When I was in Agronomy 101 {the study of the science of farming}, the definition of weed was anything that grows where you don’t want it to grow.”

He then proclaimed, “how preposterous is that?”

Clearly, not amused, he does what any nerdy farmer would do, and heads to the library looking for answers to his ambivalence. There, he found a little-known book by, Bernard Rademacher, whom was at the forefront on weed research in the early 1900s — I know exhilarating stuff.

In the seminal work, Bernard argued that “vigorous plant stands are the best means for eradicating weeds.” Meaning, if the plant is healthy, then weeds won’t mess with it, because there won’t be any. To further understand that point, he unearthed a work by Eliot Coleman. Coleman, an agriculture researcher, posited that, “a healthy plant, living in healthy soil, doesn’t need pest eradication, because pests don’t attack healthy plants.” Therefore, understanding that logic helps set the foundation for making sense of the connection, Klaas and Dan, put forward in regards to the similarities between plant and human health.

The connection that they hypothesize is that if plants and their interconnecting webs, such as, soil and land, aren’t cared for, then weeds and other problems will arise. I’ll let Chef Dan sum it up, and provide a lead-in for my subsequent thoughts,

“the easiest way to understand plant stress is to think about what happens to our own bodies when we’re overworked or sleep-deprived. Our immunity weakens, and we’re more vulnerable to colds or, over time, disease. A small aphid (“plant lice”) attack is the plant equivalent of a cold; a flea battle infestation is like a disease. As the plant’s health deteriorates, pests overtake its natural defense.”

Now, I’m not blind to the fact that life should be, and is about experiences, having fun, and getting into some trouble. However, when those vices overtake our lives, or we become dictated by norms and peer-pressure that we don’t know how to escape, then that’s when it becomes an issue. Being sleep-deprived and stressed chronically will lead you down a hazardous road, it may take time, or it may happen sooner, rather than later, but it will occur.

That being said, this isn’t a doomsday scenario, far from it actually, because there is so much we can do to live with balance, and prevent the harmful from happening. But the take-away is this, we aren’t that different from plants. Just as, when a plants health deteriorates that’s when the grim-reaper, the weed, comes to visit, it is no different for us. However, in our sake, it isn’t weed, it’s stress, illness and/or injury. Therefore, do your part in preventing that because I want you constantly budding, like it’s the spring-time :)

Click here for Article Two: Farmers aren’t the only individuals with a sect, ignoring the source of the pain, in favour of the symptoms.

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