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Going Organic Q & A

What is "Organic"?

Organic agriculture is a farming and production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony. Organic food handlers, processors and retailers must also adhere to standards that maintain the integrity of organic agricultural products. The primary goal of organic agriculture is to optimize the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals and people.

Organic farming requires a commitment to an agricultural system that strives for balance with nature, using methods and materials that are of low impact to the environment, and emphasizing the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations.

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Why should I choose Organic products?
  • Consuming mostly organic food is now known to be an important part of supporting vibrant health and well being.
  • Organic foods often have more nutrients than their conventionally-grown counterparts.
  • People with allergies to foods, chemicals, or preservatives often find their symptoms lessen or go away when they eat mostly organic foods.
  • Organic produce contains fewer pesticides, which can remain long after being applied to a crop and are a known health risk.
  • Organic food is often fresher, because it doesn’t contain preservatives to make it last longer.
  • Organic food is always GMO-free. (Genetically Modified Organisms [GMOs] are genetically engineered plants whose DNA has been altered in ways that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding, most commonly in order to be resistant to pests or produce an insecticide.)
  • Organic farming is better for the environment because it reduces pollution, conserves water, reduces soil erosion, increases soil fertility, and uses less energy, providing a better environment for birds and animals, as well as for people who live near farms.
  • Organic farming also promotes better animal welfare, increased rural development and creates jobs.

Why does organic food cost more?
  • No chemicals means more labor - organic farmers spend a lot more time and labor on growing their crops than conventional farms. The  Organic Farming Research Foundation notes that: "The organic price tag more closely reflects the true cost of growing the food."
  • Organic certification is expensive and time consuming. Major costs include yearly renewal of certification, education, suitable organic land, livestock from organic origins, organic seed, and special processing equipment.
  • It costs more to grow and process small quantities of organic food crops on small farms, and organic crops mature slower (compared to massive factory farm crops "boosted" by chemical fertilizers and pesticides).
  • Additives, flavors, and preservatives used in conventional foods are readily available and inexpensive, and Americans have become accustomed to buying these cheap, highly processed foods, which can make healthier organic food seem more expensive than it actually is.
  • Supply and demand - If more consumers bought organics, there would be more demand, enabling organic operations to scale up and lower costs. When more consumers demand organic and reject cheap, toxic, mass-produced food, the price of organic food will decrease as availability increases.
  • Do organic foods really cost that much more than so-called conventional products? Maybe not! We pay considerably more money for conventional food products than we may realize, because we pay some costs indirectly. For example, the price of a conventional product sitting on the store shelf for weeks does not reflect the costs to the environment to get it there, such as land, soil and water pollution. We pay for these hidden costs with our tax dollars, not through our food budget.

Do you have any money saving tips for "going organic"?
  • Eat seasonally – Fruits and vegetables are usually cheapest and freshest when they are in season.
  • Shop your local farmer's market or "pick your own" farms, where prices are often lower than the supermarket.
  • Look for organic "store brands", which often cost much less than national brands.
  • Join a local food co-op, where you may be entitled to special discounts, sales, and other money-saving deals on organic products.
  • Read those food labels carefully! Some organic snacks, for example, have very high amounts of sugar, salt, fat, or calories, and provide less "health value" for your dollar even though technically they are "organic".
  • Stick to basic healthy foods such as whole grains and fresh produce and reserve buying the more expensive and less healthy candy, chips and soda only for a special "treat".
  • Grow your own organic herbs! You don't need a whole garden, just a few flower pots and a sunny spot.
  • Learn to cook! Homemade food is almost always less expensive than processed heat-and-serve foods or ordering out from a restaurant. If you can learn to whip up organic sauces, soups, pizza and other easy meals, you'll save a lot of money.