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Title: Vitamin C content of organically grown produce

item Perkins Veazie, Penelope

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/15/2008
Publication Date: 12/31/2008
Citation: Hyatt, J.D., Perkins Veazie, P.M., Rice, S. 2008. Vitamin C content of organically grown produce [abstract]. Oklahoma Research Day, October 26, 2007, Edmond, Oklahoma. Paper No. 06.08.15, p. 127.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Organically grown produce is the fastest growing sector of fresh market sales in the U.S. While accounting for only 3% of total produce sales, it is growing by 20% per year. There has been much debate over the relative health merits of organically grown fruits and vegetables. Most consumers believe that organically grown produce is safer because no chemical pesticides have been applied, and some think that there may be added health benefits, if phytochemical production is stimulated to fight off insects and diseases. Phytochemicals include recognized nutrients, such as vitamin C, vitamin A, and non-nutritive compounds such as lycopene, and phenolics. In this study, we determined the vitamin C content of onions and tomatoes obtained from a nearby farm that produces organically grown crops.