How often do you find that the fruits or vegetables you buy do not have the same taste as before or that you hear older people telling that these fruits and vegetables today are a lower quality than fruits and vegetables they ate when they were young?
This, unfortunately, is a fact that we came to by impoverishment of soil. Namely, the soil today is much poorer with important nutrients compared to a period 50 years ago.
To prove this, there was a research conducted at the University of Texas by Professor Donald Davis, of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Professor Davis proved this research In 2004, with his team of researchers, in a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.Namely, this study used data from the US Department of nutrition in Ministry of agriculture and it was established that from 1955 to 1999, the value of 13 types of nutrients decreased in 43 species of vegetables (which is the number of nutrients this research covered), and a large drop was observed in the amount of protein , calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin C. According to Davis, there is probably a reduction in nutrients such as magnesium, zinc, vitamin B6, vitamin E, dietary fiber and phytochemicals, but this was not measured in the fifties.
Market demands are growing, and this causes careless treatment of the agro-culture and ultimately the end-user. The soil is impoverished by intensive agriculture, fruit and vegetables are subjected to numerous treatments to become more resilient and a wide range of fertilizers is used to promote their growth. The selected seeds must comply with standardized norms, although this negatively affects the nutritional value and the plant itself. The final products-fruits and vegetables bought in the markets is nothing more than an “nice from the outside, but empty inside.”
A much better option than conventional fertilizer is the use of organic methods to increase the density of nutrients. The use of organic fertilizers automatically improves the composition of micro and macro nutrients.
What we should definitely know is that fruits and vegetables are still an invaluable source of nutrients and useful phytochemicals, which we can not get in other foods or replace them with supplements. Therefore, we should try to become aware of our consumer habits and to buy food from producers who care about the quality of their soil and in this way produce food rich in nutrients. We can buy food from organic farmers or local producers with a shorter food supply chain, which aims to deliver fresh foods with more nutrients.
When we realize that we are inextricably bound to nature and that any disturbance of natural flows and its quality directly affects our lives, we will make conscious choices of foods and that will, in the long term, influence the quality of our lives and the lives of future generations.
Responsible to ourselves = responsible to others.
The choice is always on our own!