Nutrient Dense Food Production Movement

Well, it has been a very long time since I have visited my own blog and updated with new posts.

I’ve been attending the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus since September 2011, and have been studying a diploma in Agriculture.  As I get to know my professors, and they get to know me, some topics that I am interested in have come up.  Today, infact, one of my professors started talking to me about a production movement in the world of vegetable and fruit production.

Nutrient dense foods seem to be on the top of the agenda when considering new practices for vegetable and fruit production.  Many claims have been made that the nutrient content in our fruits and vegetables has been on a steady decline for many years due to the extensive cultural pratices carried out on, what were once, very fertile and productive soils.

Great looking vegetables, but drastically decreased nutrient value

Many foundations and campaigns have been established to spread the word about remineralizing our soils, and in turn returning the nutrients to our fruits and vegetables.

The links I have provided and the information I have summarized barely scratches the surface of what is a rapidly growing trend in the research into conventional and organic fruit and vegetable production.

In talking to my professor, I found that it is important to understand that this movement is not all ‘anti-conventional’ and ‘pro-organic’.  Even conventional farmers can continue with conventional practices such as using protection products to ensure a healthy yeild.  The core of this topic, is in the soil.  Creating, or returning soils to a state where the nutrient levels are balanced, increasing microbes in the soil, and in turn making a large impact on the fruit and vegetables that come from the field.

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