Monday, September 22, 2008
Nice story in the Chicago Reporter this month on how hard it can be to find organic food in some Chicago neighborhoods - particularly if you're black. Kelly Virella does some solid, industrious reporting on the low number of stores in black neighborhoods that carry organic foods, as well as some effective myth-busting along the way. For example? A higher percentage of black people buy organic food than white people - 54 percent of black people surveyed said they had bought organic food in the past year, compared to 50 percent of whites. And black people are more willing than white people to pay a premium for organic food. The kicker? There's a probable link between adult exposure to pesticides and diabetes, cancer, birth defects, premature births and certain neurological diseases. See the story here.