Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
Eating all your vegetables was a lot better for you in the '50s. Store-bought veggies weren't as pretty back then, but according to USDA data, they were packed with a lot more nutrients than their modern counterparts. The likely reason for the nutritional drop is that hybrid crops are often bred for size and color, not nutrients. Click through the slideshow for the stats for a few crops that have gone to seed.
Sources: USDA, Mother Jones calculations.