The following article is a guest post by David B. Dutton, associate professor of public health and environmental health at Columbia University and senior author of a new paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that details how to find and evaluate the best Chinese grocery stores.
Dutton is a senior author on the paper, which was co-authored by Dr. Paul R. Daley and Dr. Ramesh B. Vaidyanathan.
The researchers used a new data-driven approach that includes both consumer surveys and data on the health and environment of Asian communities to find these supermarkets.
“The study shows that these Asian communities are vulnerable to the impact of climate change,” says Dutton.
“It’s a good start to getting the information we need to help them avoid the worst impacts of climate disruption.”
The study, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of Pennsylvania, found that a significant number of Asian supermarkets have fewer than 25% of the recommended fresh produce that’s required for good health.
It found that Asian grocery stores have about 25% fewer fresh produce than their counterparts in the U.S., but that these stores are able to keep those vegetables and fruits to a minimum by stocking a wide variety of produce.
The researchers also found that many Asian grocery markets have higher pesticide use than the rest of the U, with Asian grocery market owners saying that they were able to meet the EPA’s requirements because of the “highly efficient” pesticide production at their stores.
This data points to the fact that there’s a huge amount of overlap between Asian communities and their environment, the authors note.
“The study finds that Asian communities with high levels of exposure to pesticides are also highly vulnerable to pesticide contamination,” Dutton says.
“This makes sense when you think about the large and growing use of pesticides in many of these Asian markets.”
The researchers then asked participants to rate the health of the stores on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 indicating the grocery stores were “highly polluted” and the others saying that the stores were healthy.
They also looked at the quality of the food that the Asian grocery shoppers ate and whether they were willing to pay more for their food.
In the survey, Asian consumers were more likely to say they’d spend more on fresh food if the store had more organic produce, healthier options and fresh produce, the researchers found.
The study also showed that Asian consumers tended to buy less meat and produce than other U.N. countries.
Asian consumers also had a higher rate of overweight and obesity than their U.