Are Organic Foods Worth the Cost?
There is still fierce debate going on in this country on whether or not organic foods are
worth the cost. The prices of organic food products are an average of 50% higher than non-organic food products. But people often ask “Is the extra cost worth it?” I say yes it is. Would you rather spend an extra dollar or two to help the environment and to eat healthy?
We live in the age of information. There is increasing public awareness of the foods that we eat and how they are made. The more the public knows about our food, the less they want to eat. Public awareness of our industrial food process is steadily growing. We know more about the negative impacts of herbicide, pesticide, and fertilizer use now than we did 20 years ago. More organic brands are being carried in supermarkets such as Wal-Mart and K-mart. The USDA and other regulatory agencies are creating policies for organic foods to make sure that a products that is labeled as “organic” is actually organic. And yet, with all these things happening to push organic foods into the spotlight for consumers, there is still the issue of the price. Why are organic foods more expensive?
To put it plainly, it’s the only way that organic companies can stay in business. It takes more of an investment to produce organic foods. It takes more workers, more land, and more seeds to produce organic foods, so of course you would have to pay more for organic food. But the only things that consumers look at in the supermarket are the price tags. This must change.
What You Can Do
To get organic foods to the point where they are widely accepted by consumers, we must 1: educate the public on the benefits of organic foods, and 2: buy more organic foods. It seems simple, but it’s harder to do than you think. Unfortunately, with organic foods being as expensive as they are, the average worker doesn’t make enough to buy completely organic. For organic foods to become a bigger market, we must all sacrifice something. The more we buy of organic food, the lower the price becomes. Getting started will be hard, but every organic product we purchase means less chemical products going into the soil, the air, and the water. The system of industrial agriculture is ruining our planet. Would you rather have cheaper food, or a cleaner environment?
Most people think that they can’t do much to help environmental problems caused by industrial pollution. The more organic foods are sold in the country, the less conventional products are sold. In time, the market can trend away from industrial food products, and to organic foods. We can use the law of supply-and-demand against the current market that revolves around industrial food.
The world today is growing more crowded every day. In the rush to feed a growing population, more crops are being grown using fertilizers and pesticides, which means the pollution from these products is also growing. Organic foods are worth the cost. We must sacrifice and pay a little more for organic foods if we want to change the current system. Every time we check out at the supermarket we vote for either conventional foods or wholesome healthy foods, depending on what we buy. With this, I ask you to buy 1 organic product every time you buy groceries. If every person bought one organic product every time they went to the supermarket, we would save thousands of tons of chemicals from going into our environment. Organic foods can help the economy and the environment, but only if we decide to make the choice to support them.
– Cal Kingry
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