Cost Comparisons – Organic Versus Conventionally Grown Produce

Farm Fresh Produce

Farm Fresh Produce

Instinctively people are driven to save money wherever they can, but does this apply to what we eat?  Typically organic produce is much more expensive to buy.  What are the differences between organic and conventionally grown fruits and vegetables and why is organic more expensive?

Organic refers to the way the produce is grown and processed.  Organic farmers encourage soil and water preservation to reduce pollution. 

They don’t use conventional methods of fertilizing, in weed control and in the prevention of livestock disease.  They use crop rotation and spread mulch or manure instead of spraying weed killer to control weeds. 

Farmers who produce more than $5,000 a year in organic foods have to comply with strict government standards set by the USDA and label their food as organic.  Organic labels mean that at least 95 percent of the foods ingredients are organically produced.

There is no conclusive evidence that organic food is more nutritious than conventionally grown food.  Pesticides on fruits and vegetables pose a very small health risk. 

Taste is a subjective point; some say there is no taste difference.  It comes down to a matter of personal preference and ideology whether or not you choose conventional or organic. 

The higher organic cost factor is due to the methods employed by the farmers such as the amount of labor they invest in weed and pest controls and smaller crop sizes.

Whether you prefer organic or conventional foods consider these tips:

            . Buy fruits and vegetable in season and try to buy them the day they are delivered for optimum 

            . Read labels, buy locally.

            . Wash all fruits and vegetables and use a brush for products where you will be eating the skin.

            . If pesticides have you concerned peel fruits and vegetables before consumption.  Some pesticides
              can reside in fat so remove fat from meats and skin from poultry and fish.

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