See the Possible: Amish Agriculture

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He grew up on a vegetable farm in Geauga County and what he found in his uncle's trash changed his life.

And now it's changing our's. At least what we eat.

This is a tricky story to report. It's about a man who "Sees the Possible." But we can't see him.

It is a small company with a big mission -- To change the food we eat because the food we eat has changed over the years, and not for the good.

The USDA has data on a number of different crops and whether you're looking at copper, iron or Vitamin C, and whether it's cabbage or broccoli or tomatoes, we're down between 30 and 500 percent in just about every mineral and compound that are being tested.

But there is a 24-year-old man in Middlefield, Ohio who wants to change all that. He began Advancing Eco Agriculture four years ago and is revolutionizing the way we grow food.

The problem is, I can't introduce you to him. He's Amish.

This is Field Day at AEA, where farmers from Iowa to New Hampshire -- Amish -- and, as they call us, English, coming to hear about John Kempf's passion and products -- to produce food that not only tastes better, but is better for you.

And seeing is believing.

He tells us that the proof is obviously in the radishes, as you can very easily see. These were seeds planted at the same time in the same soil with different fertility programs.

In this AEA program, you can see these radishes have grown much more vigorously and rapidly because they had access to what they needed from the soil.

His plant manager says Kempf is to agriculture what Bill Gates is to computer software. His field consultants agree.

They say John picked up a book catalog out of his uncle's trashcan when he was 14 or 15 years old and just started ordering books and reading and reading and reading.

And he was able to come to an understanding of how plants function, how soil functions and use that to create a new line of products and a new way to feed plants.

And those products are being sold from Oregon to Brazil.

All this from a company of 15 people, the vision of an Amishman who, at such a young age, could see the possible.


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