Nutrient Variation in Our Food Supply

Real Food Campaign 2018 Report and Analysis

The final report from the Real Food Campaign 2018 Survey is now online. The full analysis might be long, but is worth the read, and we invite your feedback! We've also uploaded a video walk-through of the report for those who prefer that medium.

In short, not all food is created equal.

In our first year proof of concept, we began the process of understanding what nutrient variation exists in our food supply, and how we need to calibrate the bionutrient meter so that we can identify that variation. To start, we analyzed samples of spinach and carrots from data partners in 7 states from 50 unique stores and 68 farms/gardeners, and the results were nothing less than stunning:

For carrots, we found as much as a 200:1 variation in polyphenols, and 90:1 for antioxidants.

For spinach, the variation we saw was 75:1 in polyphenols, and 90:1 for antioxidants.

Broadly across the spectrum, we saw significant variation in the vital nutrients we need to prevent and reverse disease, and live our best lives. See below for a number graphs illustrating differences in nutrient and mineral variations pulled from our RFC Lab tests.

Looking Forward: 2019

The Real Food Campaign is in full swing again and to date we have received hundreds of carrot, spinach, kale, lettuce, cherry tomato and grape samples from all across the USA. However, to reach our goal of thousands of samples this season, we need more volunteers willing to mail us samples from their own or neighbors farms, local farmers markets or grocery stores. We have two programs for anyone interested in helping us collect samples:

Data Partners can be anyone, but are often agronomists/consultants, foodies or BFA chapters. Data partners commit to mail food and soil samples throughout the year from farms, farmers markets and grocery stores. Connect with us about becoming a data partner - it's easy!

Farm Partners should have a working farm, with a reasonable variety of fruits and/or veggies grown. Farm partners commit to fill out surveys about farm management practices (tillage, irrigation, amendments, etc) and mail produce samples to the RFC lab 2-4 times during the season.

For more information about how you can get involved, visit us at Real Food Campaign.

We are hard at work identifying nutrient variation in our food supply and further developing and calibrating the Bionutrient Meter, the world's first consumer-focused handheld tool to put this vital information in your hands. (All open source, of course, because this is for all of us!). But it does take money to support and further our lab work and organizational efforts. Help manifest this vision for better food and a better future by supporting the Bionutrient Food Association and our Real Food Campaign. Every little bit helps!