Organic vegetables displaced at a market in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Organic food is trendy these days, driven by claims that it is healthier and free of pesticides.According to Nour Sayegh, a nutritionist at the Abu Assi Medical Center, organic products do not differ from other products in the amount of calories they contain.Bassima Rida, another nutritionist, said that organic products may have a different taste from normal products, which is why some people purchase them, but that some studies have shown that they do not have any additional vitamins. Organic food in Lebanon is sold at a much higher price than other regular food products. Osseiran added that the phenomenon of buying organic food has increased over the last ten years, especially in big cities where people pay more for their food.A New Earth Market, an organic food store in Beirut, maintains that all their products are organic.Osseiran said that there are five major factors that allow farmers to be able to produce organic products.
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