Do Danes eat the greenest of them all?

According to a July report titled "Organic Copenhagen" by tourism organization VisitCopenhagen, "there is an explosive demand for Danish organic goods and ... few other metropolitan cities in the world can match Copenhagen's share of consumption of organic foods."


 

Copenhagen has set the world's record for organic food consumed (45 percent) in the city's public institutions while private businesses buy 10-12 percent organic.

In contrast to the Danes, Americans may be looking for more ‘natural' labels but they are not buying organic according to Lynn Dornblaser, director of CPG Trend Insights, Mintel International Group, a market research firm, when she spoke at the 2010 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo (IFT10) on July 19.

Organic food offerings have dropped to 7 percent in the US in 2010 compared to their 12 percent peak in 2008, claims Dornblaser.

Copenhagen boasts eco-community centers and vegetarian eateries not to mention it is home of DØP - Ecological Hotdogs.

The eco dogs will be highlighted at the sixth annual Nordic Food Festival cOPENhagen Cooking 2010, August 20-29.

In addition to the ‘ecological hot dog,' expect to savor green cuisine, Danish beer like CO2-neutral beer Globe Ale, Aquavit pairings, garage wines plus events devoted to the ‘new Nordic diet'. Plus the city's restaurants and cafés will be serving up special menus. Tickets go on sale August 10. http://www.copenhagencooking.com

If you're in Copenhagen for the festival and Noma tops your list of  ‘dying to eat here, but can't get a reservation' restaurants, Decanter.com, a prestigious wine news site, recommends eating at Herman, a 40-seat Michelin-star restaurant tucked inside the palatial hotel Nimb. http://www.tivoli.dk/composite-8816.htm

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