Nobody wrote:I remember when I did agriculture in school, that you could often fundamentally tell what a plant was missing in nutrients by the look. Something I'd forgotten after 30+ years.
Two sides to the declining nutrient value of plants. I'll trust my taste buds, and there's no way all vege are the same taste wise.
I was buying home grown permaculture vege when in Mildura, and the taste and how long they lasted was no competition.
That article above doesn't address cross breeding for everything other than taste and nutrient quality.
https://www.scientificamerican.com/arti ... tion-loss/
The nutrient quality of vege is dependent on their capacity to absorb nutrients out of the ground, and some nutrients require the presence of certain organisms to facilitate absorption. These organisms are more likely in smaller mixed well tended permaculture gardens.
I don't necessarily think one needs to buy organic. I'd be happy to have home grown by someone who understands how to keep soil rich with appropriate compost, occasional fertilizers, and even crop rotation.