Exactly how healthy are vegetables?

vegetable farm

I was rummaging through some old photos I took in Cameron Highland last year. They have a lot of these farms where they plant vegetables in these tiny little plastic bags. Now, vegetables aren’t supposed to grow this way, as far as I am concerned. They are supposed to thrive in the soil from the ground, in natural surroundings.

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Though the vegetables which we use for salads do look absolutely nice with its green leaves and etc, I wonder how healthy is it? Will it have the same kind of mineral contents and vitamins as those which are planted the traditional way?

vegetable farm

Here are our salads all in a row. Looking pretty but is it nutritious? Are we eating just air and maybe bit of fibre?

Do you remember the craze of the hydroponic vegetable container sometimes in early 1990? Almost every homes have one and almost everyone started planting vegetables at home. The problem is they later found out that those vegetables lack ‘substances’. It tastes bland and doesn’t match those from the farms.

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3 thoughts on “Exactly how healthy are vegetables?

    sooi sooi

    (May 1, 2008 - 12:27 am)

    that’s y we should always go organic whenever possible!

    averil

    (May 1, 2008 - 3:59 am)

    “In natural conditions, soil acts as a mineral nutrient reservoir but the soil itself is not essential to plant growth.”

    wiki “hydroponics” and you’ll find out more about it.

    when i was a teen and visited a hydroponics farm, i learned that the water contains all the minerals/nutirents and therefore was all the veges needed apart from the sunlight and air, of course.

    best thing about it is the veg doesn’t come out covered in dirt and there are significantly less bugs encountered using this method, which makes it a whole lot easier for me when i’m making salads with the hydroponically-grown butterhead lettuce i buy from the supermarket.

    i think in singapore where land is scarce and the soil may not be in the best growing conditions for crops such as these (not helped by the unpredictable weather), it makes a tonne of sense.

    and that’s my two cents… =)

    pixen

    (May 5, 2008 - 5:31 am)

    Lack of taste or oomphhh could be the ‘Chi’ thing… but I think when land is scarce or unsuitable to grow food like a contaminated soil, this could be the only choice. I saw on tv3 once a man grew hydroponic vegetables on top of his rooftop. It has running water & liquid ferterlizer circulated on his rooftop – he save money from paying less electrical usage for fans and air-conds because of the cooled rooftop.

    I wonder if this method introduced to hunger-stricken countries???

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