Some people thinks that organic food is cheaper than the normal or prevailing food as there is no inner cost of antibiotics, synthetic pesticides and other chemicals. But organic foods are still costlier than the “normal foods” by about twenty to fifty percent. You will now ask, WHY? Well, i am here to tell you the answer, i am going to write top ten factors which will tell us why organic food are costlier :-
1. NO CHEMICALS = MORE LABOR :- So, in the case of inorganic farming, farmers use all kind of chemicals in order to get their farming done fast, such as synthetic pesticides and this will help in cutting the cost of production and also in saving time. On the other hand, organic farmers won’t use synthetic pesticides and chemicals, but they will need more “hands”, that is, more labors, so that they can do their tasks, such as, improving pesticides contamination, cleaning polluted water, hand weeding and many more other tasks.
2. HIGHER COST OF FERTILIZER FOR ORGANIC CROPS :-
Inorganic farmers use chemical fertilizers and sewage slime in the process of farming, however, these two are the things that you may not want in your plate of food but they still adopt these things so that the production cost can be low. Organic farmers do not use this method just to save some money and hence their crops are more natural by using animal manure and compost, however this can increase the cost of transportation.
3. CROP ROTATION :- Inorganic farmers use every “inch” of a land in order to cultivate the most profitable crops. Organic farmers use cosmopolitan crop rotations in order to maintain the healthiness of soil and thus preventing the growth of weed. He might use that area to cultivate the ‘cover crops’, which will benefit the crops by adding nitrogen to soil.
Crop rotation decreases the abundance, so that organic farmers are unable to produce larger quantities of crops but more profitable ones. Larger quantity of crops are more cost effective, which conventional farmers adopt whereas organic farmers don’t.
4. BETTER LIVING CONDITIONS OF LIVESTOCK :- Organic farmers maintains higher standards of the livestock which signify more costs.
5. ORGANIC FOOD GROWS MORE SLOWLY :- Organic farmers not only use smaller land but it also takes some time to produce crops as they do not use growth chemicals which are used by the other farmers in order to save money.
6. ORGANIC CERTIFICATION :- Getting an organic certification takes not only time but money too as it is quite costly for many farmers. The certification costs might include special processing equipment, renewal certification costs, organic seed, education, livestock from organic origins, suitable organic land and many more, which makes organic foods expensive.
7. COST OF COVERING HIGHER LOSS :- Inorganic farmers use particular type of chemicals which ensures no loss of crops, for instance, they use antibiotics and synthetic pesticide repel insects in order to keep their livestock healthy. On the other hand, organic farmers do not use this method and as a result, their losses might increase and hence this cost to the consumer.
IS ORGANIC FOOD REALLY WORTH THE PRICE ?
Now, the question is if organic foods are really worth the price you are paying. Obviously, YES! Organic food holds more taste and nutrition which makes them the HOPE of future generations as they are free of chemicals which can harm you. If you can afford to buy organic foods then do not wait, go and buy them. If you are afraid that it will imbalance your monthly budget, then find some organic foods which are worthy and healthy as well.
( Shambhavi Sharma )