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Nutritional value

You might find the following short article (American of course) on soil degradation and quality of food interesting, from an email I received. Lots of it we know about as Transitioners but it's nice to be reminded.

And this link to the Biointensive website that has a good diagram and info about the extent of worldwide soil depletion:

You Need 10 Servings of Vegetables to Equal Just One Serving from 50 Years Ago!1

- *Just One of the Vital Minerals Lost was Regulating More than 300 Critical Body Functions.*
- *The Same Thing Is Happening to Your Fruit. *
- *And, Its Getting Worse*

These days, the produce you buy at your local grocery store just doesnt have the nutritional power that fruits and vegetables had just a few decades ago. Over farming, soil depletion, commercial fertilizer, hybrid crops and
genetic modifications are slashing the nutrients found in your fruits and vegetables.

Youd have to eat 10 servings of spinach to get the same level of minerals from just one serving about 50 years ago.2

Producers create hybrid forms of your fruits and vegetables  not for their ability to store nutrients  but for their color, weight and shelve life. Why? So theyll look nice and pretty when they sit under the fluorescent lights of your supermarket.

You may think they look nutritious, but under the hood, they contain little more than indigestible cellulose, sugar and water. Your Food Supply has Changed: Youre Eating Fruit with No Vitamins Vegetables with No Minerals

We first began to know that there was a problem back in 1936. A group of doctors introduced Document No. 264 to the floor of the United States Senate. It was a dire warning that the mineral content of the soil was eroding. Vegetables were losing their power and people were at risk.
Unfortunately Congress did nothing.

Today, were feeling the effects

For instance, just look at the US Department of Agricultures (USDA) nutritional values for fruits and vegetables today compared to 1975.3

Take a look at the loss of vitamins and minerals Since 1975:

- Apples, vitamin A is down 41%
- Sweet peppers, vitamin C is down 31%
- Watercress, iron is down 88%
- Broccoli, calcium and vitamin A are down 50%
- Cauliflower, vitamin C is down 45%; vitamin B1 is down 48%; and vitamin
B2 is down 47%
- Collards greens, vitamin A is down 45%; potassium is down 60%; and
magnesium is down 85%

According to USDAs own numbers, the vitamin and mineral content has dramatically plummeted  in just 30 years!

Notice minerals like iron and magnesium have dropped by more than 80 percent. Thats from commercial farming technology and powerful fertilizers that practically *sterilize* the soil  leaving it with little to no mineral content.

*If the soil doesnt have minerals, theres no way for vegetables to absorb them*.

And thats bad news for your health Magnesium regulates over 300 body functions every day and is so critical to heart health and healthy glucose metabolism.*

But the story doesnt end there. I wasnt the only one to realize your fruits and vegetables dont pack the nutritional punch they used to A report from the University of Texas in Austin, also tracked the decline of nutrients in produce.

They reported findings at a recent meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in St. Louis. They found significant drops in a wide range of produce across the board, including a 20 percent decline in vitamin C and a 38 percent plunge in vitamin B2.

Whats worse, fruit and vegetable growers create hybrids for the sake of making their produce look better. They actually create new versions of all your favorites so they have more water, more sugar, more pith (The indigestible support tissue like the white fibrous netting around an orange section) and less of everything else.

Growers call this the dilution effect. For them, more water and more pith helps their produce ship well, look good and weigh a lot. But it virtually wipes out their vitamin and mineral content.

The plunge in nutrients in your produce over the last 30 to 50 years is bad enough. *But it is rapidly getting much worse. Genetic hybrids are pushing nutrient values even lower*.

A popular broccoli hybrid called Marathon is an alarming example:

By the USDAs own admission, levels of calcium and magnesium in the Marathon hybrid are 35 percent lower than other hybrids. The hybrids themselves are 50 percent lower in calcium and magnesium than normal broccoli. And the normal broccoli has less than half the calcium and magnesium than broccoli did in 1975!

In less than 50 years, the mineral, vitamin and antioxidant value native to fruits and vegetables has been virtually destroyed  robbing you of the natural vital nutrients you need every day.

1 Heinrich, Elmer. The Root of All Disease.
2 Heinrich, Elmer. The Root of All Disease.
3 Vegetables without Vitamins. Life Extension Magazine. March 2001.