Did you know that eating conventional produce increases your risk of pesticide contamination by 30 percent? And chowing down on non-organic chicken and pork increases your risk of exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria by 33 percent? This is all according to a 2012 Annals of Internal Medicine report.
If you're not already sold on the benefits of eating organic, consider this: organic foods may have more nutrients than their conventionally produced counterparts. Organic broccoli, for example, has higher levels of antioxidants and vitamin C than the traditionally produced variety, found a 2012 Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture study. There’s also evidence of more heart-healthy omega-3s in organic poultry and dairy.
So eating organic is good for you and your family, but here's more: organic grub is good for Mother Earth. Foods advertised as organic must be grown by farmers who aim to use renewable resources, and conserve the soil and water. These practices preserve the environment and help prevent the extinction of numerous animal species.
You can find organic products at each of the supermarkets in town, as well as at Trader Joe's:
- Palmer's Market, 246 Heights Rd, Mon. through Fri.: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat. & Sun.: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Stop & Shop, 148 Heights Rd., Mon. through Sat., 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun., 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Stop & Shop, 25 Old Kings Hwy. N. (Goodwives Shopping Center), daily, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Trader Joe's, 440 Post Rd., daily, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Whole Foods Market, 150 Ledge Rd., daily, 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.