Going organic

 

It has always remained a mystery to me as to why organic foods are so much more expensive than non-organic foods.  Organic foods are foods that are produced using methods of organic farming which uses limited modern synthetic inputs.  These modern synthetic inputs can include unnatural things such as pesticides and chemical fertilizers.  The cost of farming only increases when adding pesticides and chemical fertilizers.  This means that the cost of the produce with pesticides and chemical fertilizers should be more expensive.  These pesticides and chemical fertilizers are not only more expensive but can be harmful to consumer health.  If organic foods were cheaper, as they should be, then it would be more preferable to consumers.  I think organic food should be cheaper because it is easier to produce, cost less to produce and it is better for consumer health.

Organic foods are surprisingly found to be easier to farm compared to the modern-day conventional farming.  A research done in the United States has found that farming organically can actually reduce production cost by 25%.   These reduces production costs are accomplished by excluding the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides; in turn, minimizing soil erosion by up to 50% and increasing crop yields up to five-fold in a matter of five years.  A number of farmers choose to grow their crops organically because they feel that it is cost less to farm organic. They do not have to pay for the chemicals conventional methods require.  Due to this turn away from chemicals the farmers get higher prices for their products, because none is lost to added substances, and they can use a crop rotation to produce the same kind of crop yields. Other farmers farm organically because they feel that they are producing a more natural product.  Organic farming can reduce production cost for reasons such as cutting out fertilizer and pesticide expenses.

A local Texas citizen, J.D. Bell, explains his personal story on his journey of farming organic.  This Texan expresses that he or she lives in an area where almost everyone in the area owns large lawns where farming takes place. This Texan has used both methods of farming.  He has used the conventional pesticide farming method and then switched to organic farming as well.  Bell goes on to explain that many chemical fertilizers have to be tested on fields and eventually go on to waste a lot of food in the end.  When an area of land is left bare, that is expensive to a farmer because it is lost revenue for them.  After only a month, Bell had a natural flow of plant nutrients and natural pest fighting organisms.  Bell’s personal story of how he transitioned from conventional farming methods to organic farming methods can prove to consumers that farming organic can be cheaper as well as more profitable.  He has first-hand knowledge of how farmers can lose money based on something as simple as having to test chemical fertilizers.

Organic foods should be priced cheaper than its alternative non-organic version because it actually cost less to buy organic food by the ounce when compared properly.   Making an organic meal is healthier for consumers as well as financially smarter.  A majority of consumers already know that lunchables contains ingredients that are unhealthy but are unaware that he or she can make an organic meal that costs less.     For example, an article by Charlotte Vallaeys conveys that organic maple-syrup- sweetened yogurt from grassfed Jersey cow milk costs less than artificially flavored, chemically colored and carrageenan-stabilized yogurt in a tube. This writer has taken the time to compare the prices between a typical lunchables lunchbox meal and an organic handpicked lunch. A typical lunchables meal will contain crackers or flatbread, Oscar Meyer ham, American cheese, apple sauce, a cookie or a bag of candy and a juice box.  Vallaeys lunchbox contains organic bread with organic hummus, organic cheddar cheese, an organic apple, organic carrots and organic raisins.  She has found that this cost less per ounce of each item than the much unhealthier lunchables. 

There is an endless list of various different reasons why organic foods are much healthier than non-organic foods.  In my opinion, one of the most important reasons why organic food is better for consumer health is because it does not include food additives.  Many food additives in organic foods are strictly limited to a specific legislation-identified substances, methods and uses.  This essentially means that the food the consumer is buying is what he or she is getting.  There are no hidden or uncommon ingredients added to the food.  Organic food is also healthier for consumers because in the end there are less toxins being ingested, due to a decrease in food additives, than consuming conventionally produced foods.  Organic foods have a substantially less percentage, if any, of toxins because it is grown in water and soil not containing chemical toxins.  The notion that organic foods do not contain food additives which leads to fewer toxins is a purer and healthier way to consume food.

Organic food should be priced cheaper because it is essentially easier to produce, it is less expensive than conventionally farmed foods and in the end it is better for consumer health.  Organic foods are less expensive to farm because it cuts costs of pesticide and chemical fertilizer.  Farmers can also save money by farming organically because they will not have to waste time and land on testing chemical fertilizers.  This is proven by personal journeys such as the article written by native Texan J.D. Bell.  Bell shares his journey of going from conventional farming methods to organic farming.  He conveys how organic farming is much cheaper and sustainable. 

Organic food should be priced cheaper because it essentially is cheaper.  A mother named Charlotte explains how she financially calculated the cost between an organically prepared lunch versus a classic lunchable.  She found that her hand-picked organic lunch cost much less than an unhealthy lunchable.  Besides organic food being cheaper when analyzed, it is also healthier because it contains to food additives.  There are usually very few to no toxins added to organic foods making it a much healthier option.  Organic foods are typically labeled and healthier for overall consumer health in the end and they can be found in many different stores.

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