The subtitle, understanding the link between out food, our immunity and our planet, summarizes the mission of Jensen and Anderson in creating an awareness of the intimate relationship between our food supply, our health and environmental issues that concern us today. They provide a clear and compelling case that healthy soil delivers healthy crops that contribute to the health of the animals that eat them (including humans). They review the history of immunity and the interrelated agricultural practices that encouraged healthy soil and how that has changed with modern agricultural practices.
Empty Harvest was written sixteen years before The Omnivore’s Dilemma and as such was a groundbreaking call to halt the proliferation of many of the industrial food growing processes that are highlighted in the first section of The Omnivore’s Dilemma. While Michael Pollan has an investigative journalistic tone, Jensen and Anderson write with the passion of health professionals who see the results of the issues they discuss in the health of their patients.
This is a great book for anyone who wants to understand why organic and locally grown foods are important issues as related to health and the environment. Dr. Bernard Jensen practiced holistic nutrition and natural healing methods for over 60 years, treating over 350,000 patients. Mark Anderson practices holistic nutrition and speaks and teaches extensively on the issues of traditional diets, agricultural practices and food as medicine.