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Organic Grocers - The Organic Food Shopping Experience


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Would you believe that there was once a time when a person could go to their neighborhood grocery store and be 100% guaranteed that any item from the produce section was not only good for them but fresh and harmless? A time when people would convert to vegetarianism only because they were against the harm of innocent animals for human consumption? So why is it nowadays we have segregated meats, fruits and vegetables by a ‘certified organic’ label? In recent years, consumers have chanced everyday supermarkets who buy their produce from farmers who may have one of the following challenges -

  • Use of pesticides and other chemicals that could cause severe illness or even death to a human

  • Employ workers that do not use common hygiene practices

  • Products may have come in contact with livestock that may have been in ill health at the time of process preparation

  • Livestock injected with hormones and other chemicals that make them larger but can be unhealthy for prolonged consumption

    Of course, this was out of the control of your local grocer which is why many organic grocers, or grocers have sprung up worldwide over the past fifteen years - and more new stores are opening faster than can be counted. Here's a short list as to why -

  • The facilities usually adhere to strict housekeeping procedures, which usually includes routine cleaning of its equipment and space

  • Organic grocers only carry certified organic products

  • As many of us live longer, we are more likely to take care of ourselves with exercise and healthy diet

    The disadvantages of using an organic grocer is -

  • Because of the time and care to cultivate a presentable product for public sale, organic food tends to be priced higher than regular produce, dairy and meats

  • Organic grocers are usually found in upscale, suburban neighborhoods

  • The shelf life was half the time (or less) of its chemically-induced version.

    Now, some organic co-ops could be found at farmers’ markets, small storefronts or in a partnership with a supermarket warehouse. Yet, they still had its limitations location, such as hours of operation, membership fees and in the cases where members could be owners as well; there may be differences of opinion that way be the death of a smooth-running operation.

    Slowly, major supermarket chains and convenience stores have gotten on the organic bandwagon, even in urban areas. There are even a few little known programs for low-income individuals to eat organically. Separate space is used for cleaning, packaging and public display. The prices are still higher than that of non-organic produce and meats but competitive compared to specialty grocers. Inside some of the larger markets, there are entire sections dedicated solely to organic foods and other items that may be recommended for those with dietary restrictions. It is nice to know that eventually, healthy eating options are just as close as any commercial fast food establishment.

    Gary Pearson is an accomplished niche website developer and author.

    To learn more about organic grocers , please visit New Organic Markets for current articles and discussions.

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