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Irwin Weintraub (email@example.com)
Mon, 02 Dec 1996 08:00:51 -0400
>Date: Sun, 1 Dec 1996 14:58:29 -0500
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>From: Irwin Weintraub <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: Is Organic Food Better?
> Here is the citation for the Firman Bear Report.
>Bear, F.E., S.J. Toth and A.L. Prince. Variantion in mineral content of
>vegetables. Soil Science Society of America Proceedings, 13:380-384, 1948.
> Please be careful in interpreting the Firman Bear Report. IT WAS NOT A
>COMPARISON OF VEGETABLES GROWN WITH ORGANIC AND INORGANIC FERTILIZERS.
>Following are statements from a letter that Professor Joseph Heckman,
>Extension Specialist in Plant Science at Rutgers University, sends in
>response to those who misrepresent this study.
>"The purpose of this study was to compare the the mineral compositon of
>vegetables "as one proceeds from north to south and and from east to west in
>the United States." Samples of cabbage, lettuce, snapbean, spinach and
>tomato were obtained from commercial fields of these crops and analysed for
>mineral composition. These highest and lowest values have been
>misrepresented as vegetables grown organically and inorganically,
>respectively, in various organic farming and health food newsletters which
>cite the report.
>The authors discussed the influence of soil type, fertilizer practice, and
>climate on the observed differences in mineral composition. The study only
>provides a general survey of their possible influence and did not compare
>synthetic fertililzer and organic practices."
>Head, Stephen and Lucy Chang Science Library
>>From: Margaret Merrill <email@example.com>
>>Subject: Re: Is Organic Food Better?
>>Date: Mon, 25 Nov 96 9:47:57 EST
>>Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org (SANET-MG)
>>> I would like to see the tests done in two other circumstances. I am
>>> interested in nutritional and taste results from soil that that has been
>>> remineralized vs. non-remineralized soil. I've read that there are
>>> differences, but not from particularly objective sourses. And I would be
>>> interested in comparisons in soils that have been treated with Keyline
>>> methods vs conventionally managed soils.
>>Vis-a-vis the mineral content of foods, one ought to look at
>>the work of Firman Bear (Rutgers) and William A. Albrecht
>>(Univ. of Missouri). I think that there were probably some
>>others who were also looking at the mineral content of foods in
>>relation to the soils in which they were grown. Bear has a
>>rather superb article documenting the differences in mineral
>>content of vegetables based on the mineral levels in the soil.
>>Don't have the reference with me, but if anyone wants it, I
>>will dig it out and post it.
>>Jefferson Madison Regional Library
>>201 E. Market St.
>>Charlottesville, VA 22902-5287