Eating Your Veggies: Not As Good For You?

If the economy isn’t grim enough for you, just check out the February issue of the Journal of HortScience, which contains a report on the sorry state of American fruits and veggies. Apparently, produce in the U.S. not only tastes worse than it did in your grandparents’ days, it also contains fewer nutrients – at least according to Donald R. Davis, a former research associate with the Biochemical Institute at the University of Texas, Austin. Davis claims the average vegetable found in today’s supermarket is anywhere from 5% to 40% lower in minerals (including magnesium, iron, calcium and zinc) than those harvested just 50 years ago.

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Recession grows interest in seeds, vegetable gardening

Hard economic times are acting like instant fertilizer on an industry that had been growing slowly: home vegetable gardening.

Amid the Washington talk of “shovel-ready” recession projects, it appears few projects are more shovel-ready than backyard gardens. Veggie seed sales are up double-digits at the nation’s biggest seed sellers this year.

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  1. girlgroupgirl says:

    A farmer friend began telling about this problem a few years ago. Shocking isn’t it, and very sad. After doing some reading on The Path To Freedom where there were hints about adding minerals to soil, I began to study remineralization more. This year I am armed with 4 different rock powders (applied soft rock phosphate last year and noticed a huge difference!) to keep working on my soil. Not only will this help boost food nutritionally, but it will help the soil and our friends, the worms!
    I would love to read more about the re- mineralization of the Derves gardens, please!!

  2. Kory says:

    Interesting, I seem to recall the blame for nutrient deficiency being the result of the massive soil erosion involved in mega scale production.

    I second the interest in a remineralization post

  3. DoubleD says:

    This is one of many many reasons we intensively grow our food production garden. You CAN taste the difference and I don’t think it is any accident that all three of the people in my immediate family rarely get ill.

  4. Sinfonian says:

    I actually caught both these articles and feel the same way about them. Smart or lucky, I’ll take lucky every time. I was lucky enough to pick gardening as a hobby last year and my family is reaping the rewards! Thanks for all you do!

  5. Chris says:

    You should tell us all in this comment section, what four different rock powders you use. That would be very benificial! Thanks, C

  6. Susan says:

    Regarding the flowers getting squeezed out in favor of vegetables: I have never understood the planting of purely ornamentals with no other value! It always seemed like a waste of time and effort to me.

    I am definitely for flowers, but flowers that attract beneficial insects and pollinators, and who might also have a side effect, like edible and beautiful nasturtiums, or bug repellent marigolds. And butterfly weed, of course. Besides, no one can tell me that a squash blossom isn’t one of the most amazing flowers there is!

  7. Margret says:

    Yeah…I also vote for more info on re-mineralization. I live in FL, where other’n sub-surface limestone, you can’t find a rock to throw at anyone who’s teed you off. Lotsa sand tho’. I’m sure my garden would be helped by some addition of minerals.

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