Is Our Food Becoming Less Nutritious?

Is today's food less nutritious? Veritasium explores the research and the reasons some scientists now consider food nutrient-deficient. The video also considers possible causes and whether the human population should be concerned.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Discuss if fertilizers add the nutrients to the soil that plants need, that humans need from the plants, or both
  • Predict how the changing nutrition of foods will alter future recommendations for eating 100 or 200 years from now
Classroom Considerations
  • Relies on prior knowledge of the nutrients needed to support human life
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Pros
  • Provides closed captioning for easier note taking
  • Connects to the concepts of eating seasonally and locally
Cons
  • None