Horticultural Crops as Sources of Proteins and Amino Acids

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J. F. KellyCampbell Institute for Agricultural Research, Cinnaminson, New Jersey

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Horticultural crops play an important role in meeting the needs of man for vitamins and minerals. The serious problem of calorie-deficient diets can be relieved by many horticultural crops, although most of the world’s food energy is derived from grains. It is generally accepted that the most serious problem of underfed people in the less developed countries is one of protein-calorie malnutrition, particularly in infants, young children and pregnant and lactating women (1, 6). What part do horticultural crops play or what part might they play in closing the protein gap?

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