MINERAL BALANCE IN FOOD - A FOOD QUALITY, ANIMAL WELFARE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE

Published in Scientific Papers. Series E. Land Reclamation, Earth Observation & Surveying, Environmental Engineering, Vol. II
Written by Liliana TUDOREANU, Mario D. CODREANU, Elena ROTARU, Victor CRIVINEANU, Gheorghe V. GORAN, Laura POP

Data over 20 to 40 years showed historical decline in the mineral content of food and feed plant from USA and UK rising questions on the evolution of the environment quality and its implication on human and animal wellbeing. Although the “intensive varietal improvements of vegetable crops for high yield and improved nutritional quality are primary breeding objectives of various national and international programs little attention have been paid to below threshold concentrations of pollutants in soils, such as Cd, which may significantly influence the mineral concentrations in vegetable crops and pasture plants. Over the years the mineral status of pasture and feed crops were found to be insufficient for a balanced nutrition of farm animals and to support high yields of produces of animal origin. Therefore feed supplements are provided to farm animals,, however it is unclear how these practices support animal welfare and are generating a healthier food. A survey of the mineral status of foods of animal and plant origin marketed in the Bucharest areas, mineral status of milk produced in farms near Bucharest and pot experiments for lettuce plants( 2001-2003) were conducted between 2008 and 2012.The aim of the survey and experiments were to bring into light information on the mineral status of food for the population leaving in the Bucharest area and to better understand how the environment quality is influencing the mineral balance in food and the wellbeing of humans and animals.

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Tudoreanu L., Codreanu M. D., Rotaru E., Crivineanu V., Goran G. V., Pop L. , 2013, MINERAL BALANCE IN FOOD - A FOOD QUALITY, ANIMAL WELFARE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE. Scientific Papers. Series E. Land Reclamation, Earth Observation & Surveying, Environmental Engineering, Vol. II, PRINT ISSN 2285-6064, 33-38.


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