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Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Date:2007-10-04 10:49
Subject:"Disinterested parties" say: organic tastes better.
Mood: amused

Rats prefer organic wheat.

Maybe Rémy was on to something...

It's interesting that the article mentions that the current theory about why organic produce packs in more healthful (and tasty) phytochemicals is basically stress (without artificial protection from pests, the plant has to work harder to protect itself). It's certainly true that plants that are native to relatively harsh environments tend to pack in extraordinary amounts of nutrients. The classic examples are pomegranates, which can survive in acidic, low-nutrient soils with hot, dry climates; and blueberries, native to steep, rocky, shallow-soil hillsides, with harsh winds and hard freezes in the winter. (You can find delicious wild blueberries growing along the trails in Acadia National Park, in Maine.)

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