Does organic food need to cost more?
Does organic food need to cost more?
A lot more.
Sometimes along the lines of three or four times more than traditionally produced food.
This includes fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, and other produce.
One shining example is eggs. “Pasture-raised” organic eggs over at King’s can cost upwards of nine bucks a dozen! While you can get regular “white” eggs at Shoprite for under $2 for 18 (that’s a dozen and a half for those who don’t rely on apps for their brain-power.)
And before we continue – it’s been said that eating “organic” actually makes no statistical difference in your overall lifespan. While the financial impact does, indeed, make a statistical impact in your bottom line.
So why do people continue paying more?
Emotional purchases rule the world it appears
I’ve watched this whole charade pan out over the past few decades. And as the master of marketing (Eddie Bernays) nailed almost 100 years ago said, emotions are the key to marketing.
This is why you don’t see products touting their actual benefits anymore. They use emotion, sex, and other ego-driven tactics to sell things.
In the organic realm – the golden nugget is “healthy.” Secondary golden nuggets include “the environment” and “sustainable” and other phrases and concepts which tug peoples emotions.
But what most people fail to realize is – that “organic” doesn’t necessarily mean much at all. Organic food still can contain pesticides! (And did you know that most plants contain their own pesticides?)
And don’t get me started with eggs. “Organic” eggs can still be cage-raised. Look at your egg case at your favorite supermarket. There are so many phrases, it’s insane. Free range (doesn’t mean much). Organic. Cage-free. It’s downright sickening how convoluted the whole process is.
In the end – most people “think” they’re doing something better – but it is our opinion that they’re only making themselves poorer.
Why we feel organic costs more than regular food
We have a solid theory as to why organic food costs more. And it’s all by design in our opinion.
I will agree that producing organic food is less profitable – but only on a VOLUME basis. I doubt it costs that much more to actually “produce” the food items. However, because the YIELD is lower, the big fat payday just takes a little longer. So they drastically increase prices to compensate for that “slow” growth in profits.
Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised – because of the cost disparity, that a farmer selling 10 million apples makes LESS than an “organic” farmer who only sells 1 million apples. Just because of the price differential! (I’ve seen organic apples at Kings for six bucks a pound!)
They’ve coerced the public into paying a big, fat premium for something that really does you no good in the long run. But you “feel” good for whatever stupid reason.
So what do you do with this organic nonsense?
Well – that is a good question. There are certainly “bad” food items out there.
And those are the ones you should avoid. But how about some tips?
- ► Meat. This is a tricky subject. Maybe with developing kids it might make sense to err on the side of caution when it comes to chicken and beef, etc. Hormones for a growing child can make a difference. But if you’re a full-grown adult – I’d surmise that it doesn’t matter much at all.
- ► Fruits and Veggies. We eradicated fruits and veggies over the last four months (Zero Carb living). However, I’d suggest it matters not whether you buy organic or not. For your health, that is. Ordinary produce lasts longer, and is a fraction of the cost. Just wash them well and everything will be okay.
- ► GMO. There is a huge argument out about what “GMO” even is. We won’t get into that now. However, our recommendation is to avoid CORN products. Apparently – the GMO corn, in fact, is missing so many vital components and digestive enzymes, that it’s truly not good to eat. I’d avoid corn altogether – but if you love it – that is something that makes sense to buy organic AND non-GMO.
- ► Packaged goods, grains. Again, we don’t recommend eating almost all packaged products with a shelf-life. If we need to explain it to you – then we don’t want to bother. You’re on your own.
It’s up to you and your willingness to connect the dots out there.
The organic movement has some compelling arguments – but they’re all based on fear and death. Which is unwarranted – and quite frankly, criminal. You’ll be fine eating most non-organic food products (that aren’t packaged goods).
Think about who benefits from all of this. And how would you feel if all these food industries were essentially colluding with one another to stick it to all of us? Organic or not?
You’d have a completely different viewpoint now, wouldn’t you? So don’t be surprised if that is one of the next dominos to fall.