Becky King in our office just corrected me: the bibliography we posted
yesterday on nutrition and organic production was actually compiled by
Steve Diver at ATTRA, who had provided it to us here at OFRF. Thanks to
Steve D. and apologies to all for any confusion.
Mark Lipson, OFRF
-Anon. 1988. The value of organic food. The Living Earth. July-September.
-Anon. 1992. Towards a new definition of food quality. NOFA-NY News.
January/February. p.3 &6.
-Ausebel, Kenny. 1994. Seeds of Change: The Living Treasure.
HarperSanFrancisco, San Francisco, CA 232p.
-Beddoe, A. F. 1992. Nourishment Home Grown. Agro-Bio Systems, Grass
Valley, CA 299p.
-Clancy, Katherine L. 1986. The role of sustainable agriculture in
improving the safety and quality of the food supply. American Journal of
Alternative Agriculture. Winter. P. 11-18.
-Comis, Don. 1989. Nitrogen overload may shrivel vitamin
content.Agricultural Research. July. P.10-11
-Eggert, F. P. 1983. Effect of soil management practices on yield and
foliar nutrient concentration of
dry beans, carrots, and tomatoes. P. 247-259 In: Lockeretz, W. (ed.)
Agriculture. Praeger Scientific, NY.
-Feenstra, Gail. 1992. Vitamin and mineral contents of carrot and celeriac
grown under mineral or
organic fertilization. Components. Vol. 3, No. 1 p. 9-10. Review of
Leclerc, J. et al. 1991.
Biological Agriculture and Horticulture, Vol. 7 p. 339-348.
-Fischer, Ada, and C.H. Richter. 1986. Influence of organic and mineral
fertilizers on yield and
quality of potatoes. P. 236-248. In: The Importance of Biological
Agriculture in a World of
Diminishing Resources. Proceeding of the 5th IFOAM International Scientific
the University of Kassel (Germany).
-Hood, Sam. 1993. Exhausted soil produces exhausted people. Acres, USA.
June p.30 &39.
-Hornick, Sharon B. 1992. Factors affecting the nutritional quality of
crops. American Journal of
Alternative Agriculture. Vol.7, No.1-2. P.63-68.
-Howard, Sir Albert. 1947. The Soil and Health. The Devin-Adair Co., New
York. 307 p.
-Kenton, Leslie. 1988. Eat organic, and live well. The Secrets of
Ecological Agriculture. The Living
Earth. July-September. P.17-18.
-Knorr, Dietrich. 1982. Natural and organic foods: definitions, quality
and problems. Cereal Foods
World. Vol. 27, No.4. p. 163-168.
-Knorr, Dietrich. 1982. Use of a circular chromatographic method for the
distinction of collard plants
grown under different fertilizing conditions. Biological Agriculture and
Horticulture. Vol.1. p.29-38.
-Knorr, Dietrich, and Harmut Vogtmann. 1983. Quality of and quality
determination of ecologically
grown foods. P.352-381. In: Knorr, Dietrich (ed.) Sustainable Food Systems.
The AVI Publishing Co., Westport, CT.
-Lairon, D. et al. 1986. Effects of organic and mineral fertilizations on
the contents of vegetables in
minerals, vitamin C, and nitrates. P. 249-260. In: The Importance of
Biological Agriculture in a World of Diminishing Resources. Proceeding of
the 5th IFOAM International Scientific Conference at the University of
-Lampkin, Nicolas. 1990. Organic Farming. Farming Press, Ipswich, United
Kingdom. p.557-573, and 608-610.
-Lockeretz, William. (ed.) 1997. Conference Proceedings: Agricultural
Production and Nutrition. Tufts University School of Nutrition Science and
Policy, Medford, MA.
-Maga, Joseph A. 1983. Organically grown foods. P.305-349. In: Knorr,
Dietrich (ed.) Sustainable Food Systems. The AVI Publishing Co., Westport, CT.
-McSheelhy, T.W. 1977. Nutritive value of wheat grown under organic and
chemical systems of farming. Qualitas Planatarum - Plant Foods for Human
Nutrition. Vol. 27.P.113-123.
-Peavy, William S., and Warren Peary. 1993. Super Nutrition Gardening.
Avery Publishing Co., Garden City, NY 236p.
-Plochberger, K. 1989. Feeding experiments. A criterion for quality
estimation of biologically and conventionally produced foods.
Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment.
Vol. 27. P.419-428.
-Schupman, W. 1975. Yield maximisation versus biological value. Qualitas
Planatarum - Plant Food
for Human Nutrition. Vol. 27. P.281-310.
-Shier, N.W. et al. 1984. A comparison of crude protein, moisture, ash and
crop yield between
organic and conventionally grown wheat. Nutrition Reports International.
Vol.30, No.1. p.71-77.
-Velimirov, A. et al. 1992. The influence of biologically and
conventionally cultivated food on the
fertility of rats. Biological Agriculture and Horticulture. Vo..8.
SOURCE: e-mail from email@example.com (Steve Diver, Fayetteville,
AR), May 1, 1996.
NOTE: A familiar citing on the issue of the nutritional content of
organically versus conventionally produced food is the 1948 Rutgers
University report "Variation in Mineral Content in Vegetables" by Firman E.
Bear published in the Proceedings of the Soil Science Society of America.
However, this study did not investigate organic versus commercial produce.
The tables were mis-printed to read as organic versus non-organic and for
years it has circulated as fact. The study examined the mineral composition
of vegetables grown on different soil types. They found that vegetables
grown on heavy soils in the Ohio Valley had a greater mineral content than
produce grown on sandy Coastal Plain soils near the East Coast. These
results are important because they show that soil type—and probably soil
organic matter content—affect the mineral composition of foods grown on
them. However, there are many environmental and cultural factors that
influence the nutritional composition of produce and these may ultimately
play a greater role in food quality the simple organic versus conventional
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