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The Nation

An overwhelming majority of Americans say they would buy organically grown food if it cost the same as fruits and vegetables treated with pesticides or synthetic fertilizers and nearly half would pay more, according to a new survey. The strong preference for chemical-free fruits and vegetables showed up in a survey conducted even before the recent scare over poisoned grapes from Chile and apples treated with Alar. The Louis Harris Poll conducted for Organic Gardening magazine found that 84.2% of those surveyed would choose organically grown food if given the choice, and 49% said they would pay more for organic food.


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