Nutrient Stripped Vegetables: The Downside of Modern Agriculture

Nutrient Stripped Vegetables: The Downside of Modern Agriculture

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The average modern day vegetable producer has done a wonderful job of feeding massive amounts of people on a large scale. The trade off, however, seems to be at the expense of optimal taste and nutrition. During tough economic times, it can be a rather daunting task to find the best nutritional value for your family’s budget, when it comes to fresh vegetables, in super-sized grocery stores.

According to Donald R. Davis, a former research associate with the Biochemical Institute at the University of Texas, Austin claims, “there is definitely a correlation between the high and low yield varieties, and in the varying amount of nutrients they contain.”

What is commonly known, today, as the ‘genetic dilution effect’, was first discovered and published in a 1981 study conducted by W.M. Jarrell and R.B. Beverly in the “Advances In Agronomy”. What has been less studied, are the nutritional effects of selective genetic breeding of plant foods chosen specifically for higher yields.

In 1996 and ’97′, a study was performed in South Carolina using a variety of broccoli chosen for its high yields. It was shown that selective genetic breeding lead to a loss of protein, amino acids, and as many as six different minerals. Davis says, “jumbo sizing the end product is no assurance of increased nutrition and is, in effect, winding up with more dry matter that dilutes mineral concentrations, making for a nutritionally emptier food source.”

Loss of important nutrients can also be attributed to the industrialization of agriculture that relies, heavily, on chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and rushed harvesting techniques. When plant foods are harvested earlier, the plant has had less time to take up minerals from the soil it needs to go through its natural synthesis process.

Farming practices such as those mentioned above, along with lack of crop rotations, has led to over using soils to the point of mineral depletion. Not only do plants need a wide variety of nutrients to grow healthy, we need them to be in the plant food source, in abundance, so they are naturally healthy for us to eat.

It is estimated that there is somewhere between 5 to 40 percent less protein and minerals in commercially grown vegetables, when compared to organic or locally grown produce. Fifty years ago, this was less of a problem than it has become today, and it is uncertain how much fruits are effected when compared to vegetables.

As intimidating as this information like this may sound to you, don’t let it shake you up so much. This may be one reason why nutritional health experts have recently started recommending 7 to 9 servings a day (or more) of this important food group. The old recommended 5 a day guideline has suddenly become outdated.

Realistically, what can we do to increase our benefits of adding more fruit and vegetable nutrition to our daily diets? Well, you can try growing a small vegetable garden. If you don’t have the green thumb know how, then the simplest alternative is to shop as organically and locally as you possibly can.

Focus on getting more whole foods that are grown and raised as nature intended with sustainable growing practices. Most people will agree food raised this way not only tastes better, it is often of better quality and is much fresher.

When it comes to buying organic, buyer beware of the shady business tactics of ‘Big Agri’ that has tainted the organic food label. Just because the label says it is organic, does not mean it actually is. Many smaller, local farmers raise organic quality food, but are unable to afford the expensive certification process required to legally label them as such.

If you frequently shop local farmers markets, and organic is important to you, just talk with the people who raise the food you are buying. Striking up a conversation is the easiest way to find out what you are wanting to know. Organically grown produce definitely bumps up your nutritional intake of this food group, so much so, that eating 5 a day may be a sufficient amount to keep you relatively healthy.

Depending on your regional climate and soil conditions, a lack of locally grown fruits and vegetables may leave you very few options other than to eat commercially grown produce. If this is the case, don’t worry so much about it. Certainly, it is far better to eat them, no matter how they are grown, than not at all.

It is possible to take advantage of what few nutrients may be available in them, making them work more effectively for you, by drinking more water. I am not kidding you on this, nothing more than pure water will do a better job of carrying nutrients to cell membranes, aids in nutrient absorption by keeping cells well hydrated, plus it washes away oxidative waste residues and toxins.

Water does not count as pure water if it is in the form of sodas, teas, and coffee, or juices. Water needs to be the dominate beverage that gets you through each and every day, saving those other drinks for occasional use, and in mindful moderation.

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Is Organic Gardening Possible in Modern Times?

Is Organic Gardening Possible in Modern Times?

The term, organic, when used in gardening, means finding environmentally friendly ways to work the land and working with, rather than against, nature. Organic gardening isn’t always applied to only gardening, but can be considered a way of life.


The so-called “modern” organic movement was started in the late 1940s in response to the increased use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers used at that time. However, the principles of organic gardening have been used for centuries. There are many writings by ancient authors that promotes “good husbandry of the land” and the practice of crop rotation to preserve soil health.


Actually, the current interest in organic gardening had its beginnings in the 1960s, when the concerns of the environmental damage caused by pesticides became more prevalent. The thought was, “if they were causing damage plants, how do they affect humans?” Gardening organically seeks to remedy many of these damages.


By using kitchen scraps in composting and by eliminating, as much as possible, then use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers, we can reduce their impact on our environment. But, is it possible to be entirely organic? The answer is… not really. It would be very difficult to stop the use of all chemical products. But, by using natural methods as much as possible, we can make a start.


The Department of Agriculture has set up what they call Organic Standards. They are set up to explain the requirements that farmers and food processors must meet in order for their products or services to be labeled as organic. Different countries throughout the world have different standards from each other.


A very limited number of chemicals are allowed and organic standards do not allow the use of artificial herbicides or fungicides. Compare this to nonorganic farming where as many as 450 chemicals are routinely used. Amateur gardeners do not usually need to conform to the strict organic standards. Your aim should be to develop a balance where you can compromise by using some chemical preparations.


Why should we go organic? The main reason is to keep ourselves and our environment healthy. Over time, pesticides can accumulate and cause major damage to the foods we eat and, therefore, can cause damage to our bodies. It is an investment in our families’ future. If we all choose to use more organic methods in our gardens, we could make a dramatic difference for mankind.


We can also protect our wildlife by protecting our environment. Wildlife doesn’t just mean deer and other similar animals, but also includes insects, birds and other mammals. It also includes the fish in our rivers and lakes. So, you can see how many of our Earth’s inhabitants can be affected.


Organic gardening is not the solution to all of our environmental problems, but it is a valuable and positive step that we as individuals can take. It is very rewarding to be able to contribute to the well-being of our fellow man.

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Breaking Research – Modern Day Apples Strip Away Health

Medieval Apples Have Higher Levels Of Health- Giving Compounds Than Modern Rivals, Such As Granny Smith, Royal Gala And The Great British Cox Organically grown apples from the 12th Century have higher levels of health- giving plant compounds than modern non organically grown rivals, such as Granny Smith, Royal Gala and Cox. From peel to core, the medieval apple outperformed 14 other competitors. Pharmacist Michael Wakeman will announce the findings of his research at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Annual Conference in Manchester. He has been researching the health giving properties of apples for a decade at secret orchards around the country, where horticulturists have been bringing back to life 300 varieties of ancient English apple. The findings of the study directly counter the claims of the Food Standard Agency who claim that organic food is no healthier than standard food. In fact, of all the organic varieties, the medieval Pendragon was the best apple variety and contained 7 of the 8 kinds of healthy components at the highest levels. In contrast, the non-organic apples consistently had low levels and less major healthy components in both the flesh and the peel. Runners up to Pendragon were an organically grown variety of Golden Delicious, a cider apple called Collogett Pippin, and old Cornish and Devon apple varieties, Bens Red and Devonshire Quarrenden. For more information please visit: www.rpsgb.org.uk Distributed by Tubemogul.

www.protocolsupplements.com First and foremost, if you are going to buy any organic greens and fruits nutrients/supplements, make sure that they are organically grown. The main reason for this is the overuse of pesticides, fungicides, and insecticides used by the giant agri-farms. There main goal is to bring bloated food to market in the shortest amount of time. Did you ever wonder why commercial apples are much bigger than organic? The answer is CHEMICALS, chemicals to make them grow to maturity in a shorter amount of time so what you end up with is food with very low nutrient content and very high chemical residue. The low nutrient content is due to the fact that these industrial farmers do not replace the mineral content to the soil. No minerals in the soil, no minerals in the food. What they do put back are only the couple of minerals that will support growth but not high nutrient levels. There was a book published many years ago called Empty Harvest which lays out the demise of the small farmer and the hijacking of nutritious food in no uncertain terms. Since I was never quite sure what the quality of the products I was trusting and purchasing, I decided to source my own organic vegetable and fruit supplement. I know the people who produce this, and all of my products, for over 15 years and know first hand their honest and integrity. I am thrilled to be able to bring such a high quality product to family, friends, and those seeking a higher level of health and
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Breaking Research – Modern Day Apples Strip Away Health

Medieval Apples Have Higher Levels Of Health- Giving Compounds Than Modern Rivals, Such As Granny Smith, Royal Gala And The Great British Cox Organically grown apples from the 12th Century have higher levels of health- giving plant compounds than modern non organically grown rivals, such as Granny Smith, Royal Gala and Cox. From peel to core, the medieval apple outperformed 14 other competitors. Pharmacist Michael Wakeman will announce the findings of his research at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Annual Conference in Manchester. He has been researching the health giving properties of apples for a decade at secret orchards around the country, where horticulturists have been bringing back to life 300 varieties of ancient English apple. The findings of the study directly counter the claims of the Food Standard Agency who claim that organic food is no healthier than standard food. In fact, of all the organic varieties, the medieval Pendragon was the best apple variety and contained 7 of the 8 kinds of healthy components at the highest levels. In contrast, the non-organic apples consistently had low levels and less major healthy components in both the flesh and the peel. Runners up to Pendragon were an organically grown variety of Golden Delicious, a cider apple called Collogett Pippin, and old Cornish and Devon apple varieties, Bens Red and Devonshire Quarrenden. For more information please visit: www.rpsgb.org.uk Distributed by Tubemogul.

www.protocolsupplements.com First and foremost, if you are going to buy any organic greens and fruits nutrients/supplements, make sure that they are organically grown. The main reason for this is the overuse of pesticides, fungicides, and insecticides used by the giant agri-farms. There main goal is to bring bloated food to market in the shortest amount of time. Did you ever wonder why commercial apples are much bigger than organic? The answer is CHEMICALS, chemicals to make them grow to maturity in a shorter amount of time so what you end up with is food with very low nutrient content and very high chemical residue. The low nutrient content is due to the fact that these industrial farmers do not replace the mineral content to the soil. No minerals in the soil, no minerals in the food. What they do put back are only the couple of minerals that will support growth but not high nutrient levels. There was a book published many years ago called Empty Harvest which lays out the demise of the small farmer and the hijacking of nutritious food in no uncertain terms. Since I was never quite sure what the quality of the products I was trusting and purchasing, I decided to source my own organic vegetable and fruit supplement. I know the people who produce this, and all of my products, for over 15 years and know first hand their honest and integrity. I am thrilled to be able to bring such a high quality product to family, friends, and those seeking a higher level of health and
Video Rating: 5 / 5