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“Modern agriculture” produces more calories per capita today than ever in history, and those calories have translated into the epidemic of cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes seen worldwide. Chronic disease (including the above conditions) has now surpassed infective disease as the leading cause of death in developing countries. These calories are empty calories. Analysis of US Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient testing of foods, comparing 1941 data to that of 1991, shows a decline in food nutrient value of anywhere from 15 to 76 percent. British Ministry of Agriculture studies show a similar nutrient decline.