The Bionutrient Food Association has a three-pronged strategy for increasing quality in the food supply. Grower and consumer education and support, general outreach and networking, and research.
Our Real Food Campaign has been working for three years primarily with growers in the Northeastern US to educate them about the basic principles behind a functioning biological system and how to identify the limiting factors in their systems and address them. Much of this website is filled with information designed to achieve this purpose. We have been achieving this objective primarily through the process of multiple day seminars for growers that break the growing season down into manageable components and identifying which objectives need to be addressed when and how. At this point we have approximately 700 growers who have completed our training.
Many workshops have been given for the general public around the Northeast as well explaining the history and issues in the food supply and raising awareness around these topics and supporting consumers in making more intelligent choices in their purchasing decisions. Our objective is to build out on this site the infrastructure that will allow consumers to identify and support growers who are working systemically toward maximizing bionutrient levels in their crops. This project is proceeding as resources allow, and is designed to provide support not only for consumers to find growers, but for growers to find suppliers of amendments, consultants and other support as well. We intend to create a comprehensive database of key players in the process of high quality crops production so that anyone who is looking for assistance or support can find the resources they need to continue their development.
Our research project that will lead toward the Bionutrient Meter is an exciting endeavor that is working to create a cutting edge point and shoot hand held light meter that can be used to determine quality in crops before purchase. We are currently working with Near Infrared Spectroscopy, X-ray Fluorescence, and Raman Spectroscopy meters to develop our data sets, algorithms and predictive metrics. Our objective is to have a relatively inexpensive ($200-300) hand held meter that a consumer can use to test crops before purchase. We suggest that if this level of empiricism is introduced to the marketplace then the economic drivers governing crop production could be dramatically shifted. The ability to tell quality in the store will give retailers an incentive to demand quality from their suppliers which will govern incentives for growers.
We hope that through making the principles of high quality crop production readily available to growers, awakening consumers to the dramatic disparities in the food supply, and then providing them the capacity to make purchasing decisions accordingly we can realistically affect food quality.