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Stephanie Mencimer writes that she deplores Fresh Fields, but her commentary (“You Aren’t What You Eat,” 1/21) oddly ends up being a great advertisement for the store. She makes it clear that the produce is fresh and organic, the store’s design is beautiful, and the store gives money to local charities instead of doing a lot of traditional newspaper or TV advertising.

As a longtime advocate of organic food, I don’t shop there for the prestige, but if other folks do, so what? Mencimer clearly has a chip on her shoulder against people who have enough money to buy the best in nutrition. Competition from Fresh Fields has already prompted less expensive supermarkets to start carrying organic produce. Mencimer indicates that pesticides and hormones added to food aren’t so bad, after all. Give me a break!

Silver Spring, Md.