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Organics thrive as Taiwan reels from food safety scandals

With recent scandals highlighting product safety issues, more organic food shops are opening across Taiwan.

TAIPEI -- Anger over food safety scandals and disillusionment with growing economic disparity are helping Taiwan's organic food industry flourish.

Cotton Field Health, an organic grocery store chain in Taipei, is among those benefiting from growing awareness about healthy eating in general and organics in particular. On a recent September day, a woman in her 60s stopped in to do some shopping. A single carrot set her back 30 New Taiwan dollars (96 cents), which is 20-30% more than carrots found at conventional supermarkets, but for her, the pesticide- and chemical-free offerings at the store are worth the extra money. "I feel scared about buying something that I can't see where or how it was grown," she said.

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