Jennifer Maynard comes onto the Summit For Wellness Podcast to talk about regenerative farming and how to make soil healthier.

120- Depleted Soil, Destroyed Biome, and the Push for Regenerative Farming with Jennifer Maynard

There have been experts that have been warning the world that they believe our soils are so depleted and exhausted that it can only sustain about 60 harvests before we can no longer feed the world.

Since it is an estimate, the exact number is up for debate, but what we do know is that the soil is getting destroyed. 

Soil is retaining less water, organic matter has reduced significantly, and the biome in the soil is being destroyed. We have land plagued with drought, and soon we won't be able to grow plants to feed the planet.

Jennifer Maynard will teach us what our current farming practices is doing to the earth, and how we can correct it to rebuild the soil.

What To Expect From This Episode

  • How the food and farming system is making people ill
  • Different ways the plant immune systems have been destroyed and how it is impacting humans
  • What happens if we support farms that are rebuilding soil health
  • Ways that food support our health and how the wrong foods can impact us over the long term


  • [2:30] Jennifer Maynard used to work in biotech and pharmaceutical industry for over 20 years
  • [7:00] Modern medicine does a great job of life saving medical intervention, but has a hard time dealing with chronic conditions
  • [8:00] Organic farming definitely takes time to get good systems in place, but then it gets much easier
  • [11:30] Hypersterilization of the soil is killing off the immune systems of the plants, imagine what hypersterlizing the planet is doing to our immune systems
  • [13:00] For every 1% organic matter you create in the soil, it can absorb 170,000 gallons of water per acre (think about what happens in the areas with drought)
  • [17:30] Everything we are doing to plants and forests is impacting the planet tremendously, which is increasing drought and wildfires and killing off the biome
  • [24:30] If we want changes to the agricultural system and want more regenerative farming, we can vote with our dollars and purchase foods from regenerative farms. There are lots of resources in this episode
  • [29:30] Farmers have high suicide rates, is this because of financial hardship or due to what the chemicals do in the gut
  • [32:15] What does regenerative farming mean and how can it rebuild soil
  • [36:00] It is important to rotate crops around to change up its impact on soil
  • [37:30] What are the differences between soil-based growing and aquaponics
  • [39:30] With indoor greenhouses you can control the climate and other variables much easier
  • [40:45] When they say we "only have 60 harvests left", is that 60 years or less than that
  • [42:15] What are the pillars of longevity and how do they help with health

Resources From This Episode

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Jennifer Maynard shares how farming destroys the soil

Jennifer Maynard shares how farming destroys the soil

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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