The Tomato Project Aims to Discover Ideal Tomato Fertility Methods and Demonstrate How to Maximize Yield, Flavor and Most Importantly Nutrient Density
The Tomato Project consists of 7 rows of plants. Each row features a different fertility method, including an organic approach and three methods developed by International Ag Labs. Three of the rows use a well-established tree planting method that calls for digging a wide, deep hole and filling it in a specific way. In certain rows where fertilizer is applied, soil conductivity testing is being used to determine the ideal quantity and frequency. The project also demonstrates horizontal, or "extreme," trellising, which is designed to grow lots of fruit in a small space.
The success of the Tomato Project will be determined by a combination of factors, including plant health, yield, nutrient content and taste testing. Because it's typically the most difficult variable to increase in fruits and vegetables, nutrient density will be a special focus for the team.
Today, nutritional quality benchmarks for produce are notably absent – nearly every other consumer good has to meet a rigid standard. Fruits and vegetables, however, are sellable so long as they are not rotten or contaminated. The Tomato Project will measure nutrient density based on mineral content. Higher mineral content means the plant has more material from which to produce its nutrients. Project leaders plan to quantitatively define – for the first time – a nutrient-dense tomato.
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