How Organic-Savvy Is Your City?

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Yes, the West Coast gets a reputation for being particularly into a whole-foods, organic lifestyle, but it’s not the only region in the country that’s getting into the organics craze. In fact, a new survey by Sperling’s Best Places has identified the 10 most organic-eating cities in America and they’re spread all around the States. Just take a look:

  1. Portland, OR
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Providence, RI
  4. Sacramento, CA
  5. Minneapolis, MN
  6. Boston, MA
  7. Seattle, WA
  8. Austin, TX
  9. Philadelphia, PA
  10. Washington, D.C.

The researchers received 6,500 responses from participants around the U.S. over a three-day period and analyzed other local data to study consumers’ buying habits.

RELATED: Yes, Organic Foods Really Are More Nutritious

The number of organic foods available nationwide has increased, with major chains like Wal-Mart and Costco even getting in on it, making it easier for shoppers around the country to fill their kitchens with wholesome, organic options. And there’s a clear benefit to your health. Recent studies have shown that organic foods are actually more nutritious. And in a new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers looked at the diets of almost 4,500 people living in six cities in the U.S., measuring their exposure levels to one of the most common pesticides, called organophosphates (OPs).

What they found was astonishing. According to the study, the people who “often or always” ate organic had about 65 percent lower levels of pesticide residues compared to those who ate the least amount of organic produce.

How to Get More Organics In Your City

If it’s still tough to find a good selection of organic foods in your area, be sure to speak up to your local grocers and let them know that you’d love to see more. And get your friends and neighbors to do the same. The best way to increase supply at local businesses is to prove that there’s a demand!

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