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  •  Conventional produce is sold by the pound (2+ / 0-)
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    And the best way to increase your yield is to plant a variety that takes up a lot of water. Thus, what nutrients are taken up from the soil are more diluted.

    Organic produce, or produce sold/grown locally or in specialty stores, is more likely to be sold with fewer middlemen and more likely to be judged on its quality. Growers grow them and pick them with that in mind. They are more flavorful and more nutritious.

    The reality is that despite having USDA numbers for the nutritional value of say, a tomato, there's tremendous variation in the possible nutritional profile of a given tomato depending upon the variety, the growing conditions, and the soil in which it was grown.

    If you are skeptical, look at the winegrape industry. There you have grapes of about a dozen different varieties grown in hundreds of local regions in California. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in Napa County are worth, on average, something like twice as much per ton than the same variety grown in adjacent Lake County. This is because of the superior growing conditions that change over even a few miles.

    I will agree with you that great flavorful, nutritious produce as I describe can be grown conventionally, and that watery nasty produce can be grown organically. But, consumers can only use the labels they're given; it all has to start somewhere.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Tue Jan 02, 2007 at 10:56:41 AM PST

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