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Buying Foods Grown with Your Health in Mind

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One of the main goals of natural food markets is to supply customers with organic, non-GMO produce that is locally sourced. There are many great reasons to eat healthy, organic foods. When you are weighing your options, be sure to consider the nutritional benefits of non-modified foods compared to modified foods as well as the foods’ environmental impact.

It is important to avoid commercially grown foods that use hundreds of different chemicals—many of which have unknown health effects. Contrary to popular belief, organic farms still use pesticides only they are natural in origin. These pesticides are often more expensive, so they are used with more conservative parameters resulting in less of an environmental impact.

By rotating crops and avoiding chemicals, organic farms allow animals and insects to live happily alongside them. Crop rotation also results in healthy soil which helps produce more minerals, vitamins and other nutrients in the foods that are grown.

The next time you are grocery shopping, buy foods that are healthy for your body and the environment. Organic foods are higher in nutrients, don’t include hundreds of chemicals with unknown health effects and they taste just as good, if not better, than their commercially grown counterparts.

For all-natural foods grown by farmers with your health in mind, Mazopiya features an array of organic produce, all-natural health and wellness products and on-the-go food options. One of Mazopiya’s main suppliers of fresh produce is Wozupi Tribal Gardens (, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s organic farm that’s located less than two miles from the store. Wozupi grows certified-organic vegetables, herbs, fruit and plant starts. They also produce maple syrup, organic eggs and manage bee colonies for plant pollination.

Mazopiya is located at 2571 Credit Union Dr., Prior Lake. For more information, visit 

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