| April 30, 2004,
as reported by just-food.com: A Norwegian planter
has invented a remarkable soil amendment and a new marketing
claim for a vegetable: two years and still edible. Agromarin,
an all-natural homemade blend of about 80 different vitamins
and trace elements, has produced astonishing results for
planter Thorbjørn Kristensen. Including carrots
harvested in September 2002 that he can still eat.
According to newspaper Aftenposten, Kristensen's invention
has been approved by the Norwegian Food Safety Authority
and Debio, the national organic board. Agromarin is
currently produced by Norsk Naturgjødsel (Norwegian
Natural Fertiliser) but is still undergoing the patenting
Kristensen has been testing his mix since 1996 on a
variety of food plants, with remarkable results. The
17-month old carrots resisted exposure to rot and fungus
and still retain their smell and flavor, though they
have dried out slightly.
The Agromarin carrots also have higher carbohydrate,
beta-carotene, calcium and vitamin E levels than 'normal'
Kristensen admitted that he was not a professional
researcher and was glad that his results were now being
documented by a plant research station in Kvithamar.