The Real Cost of Going Green

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-04-20T22:39:48Z

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Staying away from food grown with synthetic fertilizers and certain pesticides may make you healthier -- perhaps a reason why organic food sales have been rising. Organic grocery sales climbed from $24 billion in 2008 to $26.7 billion in 2010, according to the Organic Trade Association. As far as food recycling goes, of all the municipal solid waste produced in 2009, 14 percent consisted of food scraps and less than 3 percent of this waste was recycled, according to the EPA.

$4: Whole organic chicken, no antibiotics -- FreshDirect
$4: Dozen large eggs -- Whole Food Markets
$1: Stonyfield yogurt, 6 oz.-- Whole Food Markets