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Apes prefer organic

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 Apes prefer organic2003-06-02 18:32
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by Flemming Funch

Via Organic Consumers Association:
COPENHAGEN, Jan 27 (AFP) - Monkeys at Copenhagen Zoo are going ape over organic bananas and other fruits, rejecting traditional foods left in their cages, zookeepers said Monday.

"For one reason or another, the tapirs and chimpanzees are choosing organically grown bananas over the others," keeper Niels Melchiorsen told the magazine Oekologisk Jordbrug (Ecological Agriculture).

"Maybe they are able to instinctively tell the difference, and their choice is not at all random," he suggested.

"The chimpanzees are able to tell the difference between the organic and the regular fruit," Melchiorsen reported: "If we give them organic and traditional bananas, they systematically choose the organic bananas, which they eat with the skin on."

"But they peel the traditional bananas before eating them," he added.

Copenhagen Zoo, which hopes to be awarded a "green label" as an environmental zoo, began last year feeding its animals at least 10 percent organic products.
Hm, I wish we humans could make decisions that naturally.


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3 Jun 2003 @ 05:57 by istvan : Natural,but forgotten
Ming i belive and at times experience that we can do the same. All that has been long ago forgottenand ignored.We no longer live in a natural world. First we must become organic to know the difference.  


3 Jun 2003 @ 10:05 by lugon @80.58.19.107 : small children do it
I read long ago that a group of small children, left alone with hidden cameras (a la reality show) with lots of different food, may perhaps eat loads of chocolate the first day, but soon take a balanced diet.  


4 Jun 2003 @ 15:41 by sharie : "oozing with life"
Reminds me of a time I was at at friend's home and he was preparing some kiwi and he said, "look at this... it's oozing with life!" And I could actually see the life oozing out that organic kiwi. Probably the monkeys see the life in the organics too.  


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