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Why do you eat greens?

July 29, 2009

Is it because you should? Something you are supposed to do.
Or is because you know how important they are for your health?
Do you think eating any kind of greens, vegetables or fruits will do?
Think again!

Today I’m reading an article about how swedish lettuce farmers are forced to throw their crops because their prizes can’t compete with lettuce from Holland. Since long I have stopped buying greens and vegetables from Holland. Why? Because they lack taste. And after reading about the nutritional content in organic produce compared to conventional produce I have become even more convinced.

The other day there was a TV-documentary about how Dutch companies sell their cheap factory produced potatoes and onion to countries in the West Africa, putting the local farmers out of business. The documentary also showed how the overproduction of milk in the EU ended up as cheap milk powder in West Africa, putting the milk farmers there out of business. And they showed how European fishing vessels emptied the seas outside West Africa. And all this was subsidized by the EU. The fish, the onion, the potatoes, the milk powder.

As I have written before here on this blog: we need to ask ourselves what we are eating and why. For me it just doesn’t make sense eating tasteless greens without nutrition. It’s not enough that the dutch tomatoes look like tomatoes. Then I prefer drinking green powders instead. At least then I know I will get plenty of nutrition.

First we had the North American fast food trend – or better: “the fat food” trend, making people all over the world overweight and obese, with all medical problems – and costs that follow.

So then people realise that the fast food diet isn’t optimal for staying healthy only for the Dutch to come and “save the world” with cheap greens without taste or nutrition, imposing people all around the world to believe that they eat real greens and vegetables while they’re only eating expensive water in the shapes of greens and vegetables – packed with chemical pesticides.

I don’t think we should be too surprised about general nutritional deficiencies – and the costs and suffering that follow.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 30, 2009 10:40

    Nutritional quality is all that matters that’s what we need to focus on!

    • fredrikolmqvist permalink*
      July 30, 2009 11:31

      Yes, I think so. Greens and vegetables get their nutrition from the soil, so the soil is important, whatever lobbyist financed reports say: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8174482.stm
      – this report actually contradict everything I have read, so I think there is something fishy about it.

  2. July 31, 2009 8:14

    WORD!

    As far as the report is concerned… not having read the actual study, I still think there’s organic and there’s organic. I guess they did not compare Dutch green-house bred tomatoes with organic Swedish soil-grown. To evaluate the effect of “organic” per se, my guess is that they chose pretty similar growing conditions, i.e. equivalent soil etc. That said, those organic apples you tend to get in Spring from South America or wherever are completely tasteless, and tasteless usually is a good indicator of poor nutritional value.

    • fredrikolmqvist permalink*
      July 31, 2009 11:28

      It’s just the kind of report I was expecting, it’s always like that. And I agree about taste & nutrition. By the way, today I will pick up the book “Superfoods” by superfood guru No 1 David Wolfe:-)

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