Only 20 years ago, the easy answer would have been: absolutely none. But thanks to scientific findings, it is now increasingly recognised that the composition of the microbiota in our gut has a significant effect on our health, both physically and psychologically – and indirectly on our beauty. And this gut microbiota in turn depends primarily on the quality of our food, but also on the quality of our environment. For instance, studies have shown that children who live on a mixed farm have around 50 per cent fewer allergies or asthma than city children of the same age group.
What's more, it is now evident that processed foods with all their additives are responsible for many of the modern illnesses in society, such as diabetes and obesity. Even viruses – which we still unfortunately view as nothing more than dangerous entities and destroy with disinfectants – are part of our microbiome. It is interesting that, over 100 years ago, the founder of biodynamic agriculture, Rudolf Steiner, drew attention to the relationship between our gut and our brain, based on his spiritual scientific research.
At the Agriculture Conference 2022, Dr. Thomas Hardmuth will present the most recent research results on the fascinating world of microorganisms and their relationship to human beings.