A New Perspective on Farming and Health
In Isaiah 26 God says that He teaches the farmer how to farm. Having read these verses, we as a family decided to see what we could learn from God in the Bible on how to farm. It has been very exciting in what we have found. We currently have 96 pages and it is still growing. (You can find a condensed version at Biblical Research Reports.)
We have been encouraged by George Washington Carver, a black scientist, and his testimony of how he over and over again went to the Creator and asked Him to teach him what the peanut was for. One of the most important things that George Washington Carver learned was to hear God speak to him and to teach him how to make products from the peanut. As a result, Carver in his lifetime discovered:
- 32 different kinds of milk from the peanut
- 300 different products from the peanut.
- 300 products from clay.
- 100 products from the sweet potato.
God has that kind of resources available to each one of us.
Here is one small highlight from our study:Genesis 3:23 “God sent him (Adam) forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.”
- The first occupation was farming.
- Farming is an occupation that is commissioned by God. It is essential for life. Therefore, it is important that as farmers we view our job as a very essential and important job. We must not merely have a focus on making money and increasing production, but rather have a focus on producing quality crops and food that will provide the nourishment for life and health that others need.
- It is interesting that God mentions the ground from which man was taken.
- It is important that we keep in the front of our minds that we still come from the ground today. Everything we eat ultimately comes from the ground. Therefore our bodies become whatever quality the quality of the soil is. If it is poor soil, our bodies will not be as strong and healthy as when the soil is very fertile and full of nutrients. Often the focus of being healthy is placed on eating right. But the real focus for health must be placed on the soil and making it very fertile. Rich, fertile soil is not only important for increased production, it is necessary for increased health. Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables that are commercially grown in impoverished soils is not nearly as healthy for us as eating fresh fruits and vegetables, and meats that are raised on rich fertile soil.
- This shows the importance of organic farming. Organic farming focuses on building up the organic matter in the soil to make it fertile. Chemical farming only puts three chemical elements back into the soil but little organic matter.