Re: Phyto-nutrients--mineral contents of food
Greg & Lei Gunthorp (email@example.com)
Fri, 28 Aug 1998 13:24:12 -0500
Very much may be know about micro nutrients, but its not being shared with
If you are talking about the mineral contents of food under various
production systems the research has already been done. The hard part is
getting ahold of the data. I've been told the USDA has statistical data on
the mineral contents of the food from the beginning of the century until
current and that the trend is very significantly lower mineral contents of
food now. It would make a very good comparison to low input systems before
chemicals and the highly industrialised high production models of current.
I tried to track down the data. I was transferred in the USDA to at least
15 different offices. I was finally given a voice mail. I left a message.
The return call was not very nice. They told my wife I should not have
called this number and that it wasn't their job to provide this information.
She also stated that the lowered mineral contents of food is a huge myth and
differences in testing methods alone could account for the difference.
I'm a firm believer that our government does know that mineral levels
are lower in the food supply and that we are just producing volumes rather
than quality healthy food. I also think it could be the marketing
information that small farms need. But I don't know how to get ahold of
the data. I'd be more than willing to look at the data that either proves
or disproves that the food today produced under an industrialised
agriculture is as nutritious as the foods of the earlier portion of the
century. If its such a big myth then they should be happy to have me look
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From: Wilson, Dale <WILSONDO@phibred.com>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Date: Friday, August 28, 1998 9:24 AM
Subject: RE: Phyto-nutrients
>> The difference (this person said) was the amount
>> or even the presence of phyto elements.
>> My understanding of phyto elements is very limited.
>> Many supplement dealers attribute a nutritional
>> value to phyto elements...
>What do you mean by "phyto-elements" or "phyto-nutrients"? Are you
>talking about micronutrients? By micronutrients, I mean mineral
>nutrition factors needed by plants in very small amounts, things like
>copper, molybdenum, manganese, etc. If that is what you are talking
>about, very much is known about this subject.
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