Growing better quality, Nutrient-RichTM foods can make differences in the lives of producers, marketers, and consumers, as well as the environment. Scientific studies confirm significant declines in nutrient content of produce since 1940. Greater quality is achievable through sustainable production methods, utilizing soil and plant tissue testing for determining nutrient inputs. The aim is to give the plants everything they need to achieve their genetic potential and provide highly nourishing, nutrient-dense foods for humans and animals.
In addition to quality improvements, producers can realize greater crop production yields with soil balancing programs. Producers may also experience less pest and disease pressure without the use of expensive toxic “rescue” chemicals. Why is that? Healthier plants are more resistant to pests and diseases. Greater crop yields and fewer losses will, of course, equate to greater income. Furthermore, better tasting produce sells for premium prices.
Produce marketers can easily sell this great tasting, high brix produce, which has a long shelf life. Brix refers to the amount of naturally-occurring sugars in the plants. It has been observed that increased plant brix may be related to plant health, produce flavor and shelf life. The long shelf life equates to fewer storage losses and therefore higher profits.
Consumers delight in produce of unsurpassed quality in flavor, full-spectrum nutrition, and extended keeping qualities, while comforted by the fact that no harmful chemicals were used in production. Humans and animals need a broader range of nutrients than do plants for optimal health. Therefore, adding a few elements, like the typical N-P-K, may improve apparent plant health while falling short of producing well-rounded nutrition for consumers. Broad-spectrum plant nutrition may also help the plant to produce a wider range of flavor compounds which may result in award-winning produce.
Finally, with conscientious organic production systems the environment is spared the consequences of toxic chemical production methods—water contamination, soil degradation and erosion, air pollution. Instead, Our World is refreshed by wholesome products and thoughtful practices.
What can the growing of Nutrient-RichTM foods mean for Hawaii? We can improve food sustainability while improving the health of our people and caretaking the aina. We can set quality standards for the world while creating a clear marketing edge for our agricultural products. Nutrient-RichTM demonstration farms will educate all sectors of the populace, and encourage agri-tourism and eco-tourism.
For more information on Nutrient-RichTM food production, soil/plant testing and sustainable production practices contact:
Dr. Jana Bogs (located on the Big Island of Hawaii)