Why is organic food so expensive?


It is certain that when you ask any fan of organic food they will assure you that they eat healthier. But who can answer the question why organic food is more expensive than conventional food?

Organic food has become an inseparable part of many people’s lifestyles nowadays. It is growing more and more popular due to the lack of synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes (GMOs), and fertilizers when growing the crops.

Moreover, organic food is considered healthier than conventional food because the livestock raised for producing organic meat and dairy products is kept in the open air and is given organic food without any kinds of antibiotics, growth hormones, or any animal-by-products.

Thus, it is not surprising that organic food is preferred by many and is becoming more and more popular due to its health benefits, just to name a few:

  • it contains fewer poisonous chemicals such as pesticides and GMOs, therefore, it poses fewer health risks to people,
  • it is much richer in nutrients – it contains much more minerals and vitamins than non-organic food,
  • it has a better quality taste, a better texture, and more crunch due to the more nutrients passing from the soil to the plants and animals.

In addition, buying organic food, especially from farmers’ markets, supports the local economy and keeps farmers thriving.

However, many people argue that organic food is too expensive and they cannot afford to buy it on regular basis. They question why it is so.

After attending an organic food student festival in Groningen and talking with two of the farmers selling their food there, I tried to find out why organic food is more expensive than non-organic. I also turned to Dr. Sheedfar, a researcher in nutrition and diet, fatty liver, NASH, and healthy ageing at the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG), for an expert piece of advice.

Here is the answer:

The filming of the video was made in collaboration with Kalina Tekelieva.

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