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 becoming 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 food without any kinds of antibiotics, growth hormones, or animal-by-products.

In addition, organic food is considered much richer in minerals and vitamins and with a better quality taste and texture than non-organic food.

Another prerequisite why people prefer organic food is because by buying it, especially from farmers’ markets, they support local economy and keep 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 who were selling their food there, I tried to find an answer why organic food is more expensive than non-organic food. 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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