Health from the Soil Up

closeup seedlings emerging from soil

Event Date

Great Hall, Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley, CA

2018 COEH-CE Health & Safety Series: Health from the Soil Up

Bridging the Silos of Health and Agriculture

Farms shape our health through nutrients, soil, water, air, climate, economy, and community. This program helps practitioners, policy makers, educators, researchers, and innovators in medicine, public health, nutrition, and agriculture explore "common ground" to find solutions that nourish people by nourishing the soil. Participants will learn about the complex workings of our food production and distribution systems and their effect on human health.

This event is made possible through The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health UC Berkeley, and the UC Davis Western Center for Agricultural Health & Safety.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the role of farming systems in supporting human health and human nutrition
  • Appraise evidence of the impact of soil ecosystems and plant nutrition on the human gut microbiome and human health, including experiments, observational studies, and theory
  • Explain how farming systems and farm conditions affect farmworker health , and pulmonary health in particular, in light of various forms of evidence
  • Examine how food safety rules can support or undermine public health, and sustainable food and farm systems
  • Describe opportunities to improve public health policy to promote farming systems that improve health outcomes and nutrition
  • Describe how farm-to-clinic programs and farm prescriptions can benefit farms and patients



The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 12983 for 7.5 contact hours.

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