Turns out, even chimps know organic produce is better. Chimpanzees at the Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark consistently chose to eat organic bananas when zookeepers put both organic and conventionally grown bananas in the primates’ cages last year as part of the zoo’s program to earn a “green label” as an environmental zoo. What’s more, the chimps ate the organic bananas skin and all, but peeled the nonorganic fruits before chomping them down, reports the Organic Consumers Association. Zookeepers assume the apes have some innate ability to distinguish between the two types of fruit. We think they just don’t have a taste for pesticides.
—Laurie Budgar Dwek