Saturday, January 31, 2009

Study shows industrially grown produce in long-term nutritional decline

Not only are industrial-grown veggies less tasty, a recent study from the University of Texas has shown they are less nutritious. Some minerals, vitamins, and protein have had declines of 5% to 40% or more. You can read more about it, and download the study, in the article "Less Tasty--and Not as Good for You."

It's interesting to note that when plants are pressured, either through chemical fertilizers or selective breeding, to produce more food that there is a decline in nutrition, and more obviously, taste.

It kind of reminds me of the sign that hung in my mechanic's station--fast, good, cheap...pick two. Seems like horticulture is so bent on producing a lot of food fast and cheap that good just got left out. Yet another good reason we should be building our soil fertility over time through organic practices and growing our own delicious, healthful, local foods.

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