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WASHINGTON, D.C. — A little less than half of Americans, 45%, actively try to include organic foods in their diets, while 15% actively avoid them. More than a third, 38%, say they “don’t think either way” about organic foods.
Organic agriculture is monitored and certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and must adhere to strict regulations to be certified as “organic.” Organic food is free of man-made additions like antibiotics, and organic farming is supposed to be better for the environment than traditional farming. Organic foods often cost more than non-organic foods, which could keep some Americans from including them in their diets.
This is the first year Gallup has asked about eating organic foods in the annual Consumption Habits survey. Forty-five percent actively try to include organic foods, putting such foods in the middle of the list of 12 others measured — trailing fruits and vegetables by a wide margin, but well ahead of fat, soda, and sugar. The 38% who say they “don’t think either way” about organic foods is higher than the percentage for any of the other food products.