The truth of the matter is that organic food doesn’t always cost more. When the cost is higher, consider these facts:
- Organic farmers don’t receive federal subsidies like conventional farmers do. Therefore, the price of organic food reflects the true cost of growing.
- Organic food may be more expensive, but it offers several health benefits. It's grown without synthetic pesticides, potentially reducing chemical exposure. Organic farming practices can lead to nutrient-rich produce. Moreover, many people choose organic for the peace of mind it provides, knowing that the food is produced following stringent organic standards. While it may cost more, the health-conscious often consider these benefits worth the investment.
- The price of conventional food does not reflect the cost of environmental cleanups that we pay for through our tax.
- 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.