We all are well aware of organic farming and products. According to USDA National Organic Program (NOP), organic food is produced without the use of pesticides and fertilizers by farmers who make use of renewable resources to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Before labeling any product ‘organic’, a thorough inspection of the farm and the processes is done to ensure that farmers are following all the necessary rules to meet USDA organic standards.
In today’s time, when humans are immensely exposed to chemicals and hazardous wastes, we still hesitate in paying some extra bucks for our health. But people complain that organic products are expensive. Why is it so? Let’s find out.
Reasons Why Organic Food Is Expensive
There are several factors that contribute to the increased price of Organic products. Let’s look at some of them.
- Organic Certifications: Organic farmers pay a huge fee for registration, accreditation, and certification. And there are many such certifications involved. Many growers and handlers find it expensive and time-consuming. Apart from that, a farmer growing two crops in his organic field is charged double. All of this is difficult for farmers to sustain which eventually leads to higher-end prices.
- Higher Production Cost: Uncertain yields, crop rotation on small-scale operations, no growth enhancers and hormones, etc leads to greater labor input which ultimately leads to high production costs.
- Increased Shipping Cost: The processing and transportation of organic produce require more charges as no chemical treatments are done, so special care has to be taken in terms of packaging. Even a small quantity of organic food demands higher costs, thereby increasing the cost by the time it reaches the market.
- Demand-Supply Gap: Though organic products are gaining popularity year on year, their sales are still nowhere near to conventional food. Had there been more demand for organic produce, the organic operations would have scaled up. That in turn, would have lowered the costs.
- Inefficient Marketing & Distribution: It has been seen that people who can well afford organic products are still not interested in buying organic as it costs some extra bucks. The marketing and distribution cycle for organic products are not properly done. And since the market is not properly developed, the distribution channels are relatively inefficient, thus making the demand high, empowering a higher price.
- Special Requirements: Be it for growers or processors, most organic certified operations need special land and facilities before producing organic food. Organic land costs much more than conventional farms as a lot of things have to be checked before beginning farming.
- Education: As organic farming needs special care and methods, so it is important that the farmers associated with organic farming are well-versed with the techniques and processes. A large share of the amount is spent on their education to make them well aware with the methodologies and farming. This cost too is somewhere managed in the end price of products.
Organic food is directly linked with your better health and immune system. Yes, organic foods are comparatively expensive but think about it, what’s better- spending a few extra bucks on healthy products or spending a huge amount of money to recover from any health-related diseases? Your decision can cause a major impact on your health. Choose wisely!
Organic farming was introduced as a response to the intensive use of fertilizers and pesticides leading to environmental degradation. Owing to this constant exposure of the farm produce to pesticides, the quality and taste were compromised. Encouraged by an instinct to ensure the wellbeing of every single being on the planet, we begin GFO.