A lifestyle full of kale salad and wheat grass shots is no longer exclusive to California. Since the "go organic" movement has spread across the United States, there are new places infatuated with serving non-processed, fresh pressed, organic food.
According to a 2014 Gallup study, 45 percent of Americans actively seek out organic foods. This study also found that those living in urban areas (as opposed to those living in rural areas) and those living on the West Coast are more apt to indulge in and purchase organic food.
According to Campbell Soup Company and Sperling’s Best Places study, the top 10 most organic are as follows:
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.
According to the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) organic food is "produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations." This means no growth hormones are fed to organic livestock and no pesticides or fertilizers are used in growing organic produce.
Before a product is labeled and sold on grocery stores as “Organic”, it must be inspected by a USDA National Organic certifying agent who also ho inspects the farm from where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is adhering to national standards.
The influx in organic of organic options is also a result of consumer demands. In 2013, Target launched its "Simply Balanced" brand, a brand that is 40 percent organic. Campbell's Soup also put out a line of exclusively organic soups.
As consumer's interest in organic food grows, it will be interesting to see which America cities decide to adapt to the changes.