The Price of Buying Organic Food.
One common concern with organic food is cost. Organic foods typically cost more than do their conventional You can expect to pay 50%-100% more for organic foods.counterparts. Higher prices are due, in part, to more expensive farming practices. Because organic fruits and vegetables aren't treated with waxes or preservatives, they may spoil faster. Also, some organic produce may look less than perfect — odd shapes, varying colors or smaller sizes. However, organic foods must meet the same quality and safety standards as those of conventional foods.
The truth of the matter is that organic food doesn’t always cost more. Some items, such as coffee, cereal, bread, and even hamburger, may cost the same or even less than their conventional counterparts. As the demand for organics continues to grow, the cost will come down.
When the cost is higher, consider these facts:
Organic farmers don’t receive special subsidies lfor being organic. Therefore, the price of organic food reflects the true cost of growing.
The price of conventional food does not reflect the cost of environmental cleanups that we pay for through our tax dollars.
Organic farming is more labor and management intensive.
Organic farms are usually smaller than conventional farms and so do not benefit from the economies of scale that larger growers get.