Many medical doctors and PhDs contend that there is no difference between organically and conventionally grown crops. These alleged experts also believe there is no decrease in nutrients from soil degradation or crop selection.
Donald Davis, PhD and lead researcher at the University of Texas Biochemical Institute on a crop-nutrient study (Journal of American College of Nutrition December 2004)
We found that six out of 13 nutrients showed declines between 1950 and 1999.
These nutrients included protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin and ascorbic acid. The declines, which ranged from 6 percent for protein to 38 percent for riboflavin, raise significant questions about how modern agriculture practices are affecting food crops.
We conclude that the most likely explanation was changes in cultivated varieties used today compared to 50 years ago. During those 50 years, there have been intensive efforts to breed new varieties that have greater yield, or resistance to pests, or adaptability to different climates. But the dominant effort is for higher yields. Emerging evidence suggests that when you select for yield, crops grow bigger and faster, but they don’t necessarily have the ability to make or uptake nutrients at the same, faster rate.
According to Davis, these results suggest a need for research into other important nutrients and foods that provide significant dietary calories, such as grains, legumes, meat, milk and eggs.
Perhaps more worrisome would be declines in nutrients we could not study because they were not reported in 1950—magnesium, zinc, vitamin B-6, vitamin E and dietary fiber, not to mention phytochemicals.
If anything, Davis is understated. He does not take into account the use of petrochemical fertilizers, insecticides and pesticides.
Max Gerson, MD was able to cure cancer more successfully in the 1940’s and 50’s than conventional treatments by getting his patients to drink fresh juices. Doctors since have not been able to replicate Dr. Gerson’s results because of the decline in the nutritional content of the plants being juiced.
A USDA report from the early 1930’s noted the depletion of the mineral and organic content of the soil. In most instances nothing has been done to build up the soil since that time, and if anything the mineral and trace mineral content on the soil has further declined.
The University of Texas study only looked back 50 years because that is all the available data allowed them to look.
Firman E. Bear, PhD biochemist and bacteriologist was a distinguished teacher, scientist, conservationist and professor. He wrote on and studied Soil Chemistry, and was president of the Soil science Society of America.
In almost fifty year old studies, Dr. bear found that the greatest nutritional deficiencies in plants were found in those grown in standard and poor soils and the plants produced from these soils had much lower mineral and trace mineral content. Trace minerals such as cobalt, copper and manganese were often absent in plants grown in standard and poor soils. Minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium were grossly deficient in plants grown in standard and poor soils. Plants grown in organically fertilized soils contained 300 to 500% more of these minerals.
Soil devitalization is an important issue when one talks about healthcare in the US. Organic plant minerals and trace minerals in the whole plant and not fractionated out or synthesized minerals and vitamins are important to good health. These vital minerals and trace minerals initiate or spark almost all reactions in the body.
And the alleged “experts” contend that there is no difference between organically grown and conventionally grown food … .