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Sat Mar 10, 2012, 07:45 AM

52. Wow...

GM seeds are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. In my half century on this planet, I've witnessed the steady decline in the quality and flavor of all produce. Current research proves that our much vaunted high yields of grains and produce have resulted in significant decreases in the nutrients in these foods, to whit:


•In wheat and barley, protein concentrations declined by 30 to 50 percent between the years 1938 and 1990.
•Likewise, a study of 45 corn varieties developed from 1920 to 2001, grown side by side, found that the concentrations of protein, oil and three amino acids have all declined in the newer varieties.
•Six minerals have declined by 22 to 39 percent in 14 widely grown wheat varieties developed over the past 100 years.
•Official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data shows that the calcium content of broccoli averaged 12.9 milligrams per gram of dry weight in 1950, but only 4.4 mg/g dry weight in 2003.


Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/Sustainable-Farming/Nutrient-Decline-Industrial-Farming.aspx#ixzz1oiVNjjWH

The last time I planted an organic garden, I used French Intensive methods, and grew more produce (VERY flavorful) than my family could eat or preserve. I gave friends and neighbors copious amounts of eggplant, acorn squash, butternut squash, red potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, peppers, and other produce. The quality of my organic produce highlighted the lack of quality in most of the produce I was getting at our grocery store.

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