Here is the info on getting a copy of the report along with curret
"disclaimer". Mike Miller
>Re: Rutgers Study of Organic vs Commercial
Where can I find a copy of the Firman Bear Report? I understand it was done
The full citation for the “Firman Bear Report” is:
Bear, Firman E, Stephen J. Toth and Arthur L. Prince. "Variation in Mineral
Composition of Vegetables." Proceedings of the Soil Science Society of
America, 13:380-384, 1948.
The purpose of the study was to compare the mineral composition of
vegetables from regions of the United States. Samples of cabbage, lettuce,
snapbeans, spinach, and tomatoes were obtained from commercial fields and
analyzed for mineral composition.
The authors report variations in mineral composition and use of fertilizers
within these regions. This study is often misrepresented as evidence
supporting the position that organically grown foods are superior in
minerals and trace elements to those grown conventionally. In fact, the
study did not compare synthetic fertilizer practice to organic.
Professor Joseph Heckman of the Rutgers Plant Science Department has
prepared a packet of materials discussing the study including "disclaimers"
about its relevance to organic farming. If you would like to receive the
Professor Joseph Heckman
Dept. of Plant Science
Rutgers University, Foran Hall
59 Dudley Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732-932-9711 Ext. 119
>Someone posted on the ABC newsboard about a "Rutgers" study. This may
>solve the urban mystery:
>The full citation appears there, but in case the link doesn't work, (I
>couldn't get in, perhaps an account is needed) then here's the citation:
> Bear, Firman E, Steven J. Toth and, Arthur L. Prince.
> "Variation in Mineral Composition of Vegetables."
> Proceeding of the Soil Science Society of America,
> 13:380-384, 1948
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