This time of year, we find ourselves stopping to "smell the roses," but can we smell the apples? Remember the days when you used to be able to walk into a grocery store and actually smell the produce? Take a sniff the next time you are out getting your groceries. Can you smell anything? If you closed your eyes and used your senses, could you tell where you were?
I'm not sure that I could.
According to a study comparing vegetables from 1940 to 1991, copper levels have declined 76%, calcium by 46%, iron by 27%, magnesium by 24% and potassium by 16% (Thomas 2003). Similarly, Donald Davis in 2004 report that when assessing 43 garden crops comparatively from 1950 to 1999, there was a significant decline in protein, calcium, phosphorous, iron, riboflavin, and vitamin C.
Not only is this affecting the plants humans eat as fruits and vegetables, it also affects the plants animals eat. Today as compared to 50 years ago, beef contains up to 50% less iron and copper (Thomas 2007).