Even though not all of us might be buying everything organic 100% but we are aware of its importance nevertheless. One reason we don’t buy everything organic is also because it pinches the pocket a bit too hard. We will discuss why organic food is so expensive and decide for ourselves which things we should go for organic to start with. For me first comes the yearly stockof organically grown wheat, tuvar daal and rice. Veggies and all as and when I can afford.
Organic food is more expensive than chemically grown hybrid food because naturally grown grains, fruits and veggies are more labor intensive as the farmers growing these products do it without pesticides, chemical fertilizers, or any kind of artificial growth drugs etc. Also getting accreditation or Organic certification for such products and maintaining this status is an expensive and ongoing process. Organic feed meant to feed our animals and pets cost twice as much.
Another reason for organic food to cost high is also because organic farms are generally smaller than conventional farms and the fixed costs and overhead incurred to grow items and upkeep the farm gets distributed across smaller produce volumes hence costs go up. For such farms to receive government subsidy is also a long wounded affair. The farms being of small size sometimes don’t fit into the criteria that are not within the scope to receive government subsidies.
Following are some tips for organic shoppers. If you keep them in mind, you will be sure that what you are paying for is what you’re getting.
Buy in season – Fruits and vegetables are cheapest, fresh, tastiest and most nutritive in their season. Fruits and veggies are best and highest produced in climates conducive to their growth. More production leads to fall in price. Plus when they are organically grown, you can be sure they will benefit you health. Also learn to identify fresh food from stale ones. You should also learn to keep a track as to when produce is delivered to your regular fruits or grocery shop. Such things will ensure that you’re buying the genuine and freshest food possible.
Check Prices –While shopping around; don’t hesitate to compare the prices of organic items at various grocery stores, the farmers’ market and similar venues. It is likely that shop keepers or grocers who take their bulk supplies from a person with larger farm will get it for cheaper and sell it for less than a grocer who buys his supplies from a person who has a small farm and large overheads. Always keep an eye on fresh items.
Organic May Not Necessarily Be Healthy – Remember that junk food, with which market is filled these days can be made using organic ingredients. This doesn’t make the junk food healthy, it makes the junk food sound like healthy. And there is a difference! It is a common marketing ploy used by junk food industry to lure kids and adults alike. Organic baked food items, like cakes, desserts, and snacks contain very high sugar, salt, fat, and calories. You should also read food labels carefully before buying or trusting the food by the look, brand, or name on the pack.