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5 billion—a twenty-fold increase in just sixteen years. The years since the finalization of federal standards have seen more remarkable growth. 8 billion in retail sales. Organic Leaders—Whole Foods and Wild Oats The two biggest names in the natural and organic food industry are Whole Foods and Wild Oats. Whole Foods began as a small company that catered to hippies wanting nutritious, vegetarian foods, but over the years it has experienced tremendous growth. By 2006, it operated numerous large, supermarket-style stores, each of them offering a full range of natural and organic foods, complete with upscale attractions such as delis, meat and fresh seafood offerings, and extensive wine selections.
Grapes (from Chile) 12. Cucumbers Other produce items, however, tend to have low amounts of pesticide residues. There’s almost no benefit to buying organic bananas, for example, because any pesticide residue is probably thrown out, along with the peel. Other foods low in pesticides include broccoli, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, cabbage, onions, asparagus, and blueberries. Most of these potentially carcinogenic pesticides are still legally used in industrial farming today. Many of these legal pesticides were approved by the EPA years ago, before research linked them with cancer and other diseases.
The new interest in organic products could even improve organic farming techniques and make today’s organic farms much more sustainable and profitable than traditional farms of the pre-industrial era. Supporters say these developments, if they occur, would be good for both health and the environment. Myra and Drew Goodman cofounded Earthbound Farms in the 1980s and it is now the largest organic produce company in the United States. 45 ARE THERE HEALTH BENEFITS TO EATING ORGANIC FOOD? C onsumers are repeatedly assured that conventionally grown food is safe, nutritious, and abundant.
Organic Foods (Hot Topics) by Debra A. Miller