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Research Project: Environmental Impact on Nutrient Profiles of Fruits and Vegetables

Location: Methods and Application of Food Composition Laboratory

Project Number: 8040-52000-068-030-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 1, 2018
End Date: Aug 31, 2023

There is growing interest in urban agriculture and the local foods movement. The objective of this work will be to determine the effects of different growing conditions (urban/rural gardens, commercial production) on protein, carbohydrate, and mineral content of selected fruits and vegetables. The hypothesis to be tested are: i) fruits/vegetables grown in urban gardens will have reduced macronutrient content and higher mineral content.

Produce items based on their popularity of production in Baltimore’s urban agriculture community and similar products sold in grocery stores and local Farmer’s Markets will be collected, processed and freeze-dried using standardized procedures. Nutrient profiles will be measured in approved laboratories as established by the USDA ARS Nutrient Data Laboratory.