The loss of diversity and lack of biodiversity in the global ecology, soil health, and human microbiome has a direct relationship to our overall human health. Excessively sterile environments, diets low in plant fiber, repeated exposure to antibiotics, and aging all decrease microbial diversity and a lack of microbial species richness and phylogenetic diversity has been associated with poor health.

To learn more about biodiversity and its relationship to human health and disease, stream the 2014 Integrative Healthcare Symposium recorded presentation, The Benefits of Biodiversity and the Misfortunes of Monoculture