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If we take the time to be quiet, still, and curious, thereвЂ™s an immeasurable amount of knowledge to be gained from our natural surroundings. In watching grazing animals and their food choices, we see they know how to personalize their nutritional intake to eat plants that match their exact needs. Though many of us have lost our innate wisdom to eat intuitively, upping our intake of phytochemicals and reducing processed foods means we can recalibrate our cravings to lean towards what we truly need. Vitamins and minerals often get most of the attention when it comes to eating for nutrient density, but phytochemicals are the real hidden talent for optimizing plant, animal, and human health. Unfortunately, modern agriculture has actually damaged the phytochemical richness of our food, by breeding for yield, appearance, and hardiness. I enjoyed sitting down with Fred Provenza in this episode of The DoctorвЂ™s Farmacy to talk about all this and so much more.
Fred grew up in Salida, Colorado, working on a ranch and attending school in Wildlife
Biology at Colorado State University. He is professor emeritus of Behavioral Ecology in the
Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University where he worked for 35 years,
directing an award-winning research group that pioneered an understanding of how learning
influences foraging behavior and how behavior links soil, plants, herbivores, and humans. He is the author of three books, including Nourishment: What Animals Can Teach Us about
Rediscovering Our Nutritional Wisdom; Foraging Behavior: Managing to Survive in a World of
Change; and The Art & Science of Shepherding: Tapping the Wisdom of French Herders (co-written with Michel Meuret). He has published over 300 research papers in a wide variety of
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