Why Organic is Worth the Price?
Several weeks ago, David Lazarus who writes a column in the business section of The Los Angeles Times, wrote a piece about Millennials being somewhat disinterested in Organic, viewing the “organic” label as something of a marketing ploy to charge more.
My brother-in-law, Organic Farmer, Larry Jacobs is a pioneer in the movement since 1980 and one who helped develop the standards and conventions for defining Organic so it can be accurately labeled, allowing us to know what we’re buying. Jacobs responds to the LA Times article:
“I saw your piece on the value of organic, “Is organic food worth the higher price?” Good article. Nutrient levels aren’t worth the extra cost but continuous pesticide exposure clearly is.
The IQ of seven year old children were shown to be impacted by prenatal exposure to organophosphates. See Prenatal exposure to organphosphate pesticides and IQ in 7-year-old children from Center for Environmental Research & Children’s Health (UCB). Children’s attention has also been shown to be impacted. See Organophosphate Pesticide Exposure and Attention in Young Mexican-American Children.
The association of pesticide exposure to an array of health issues peppers the literature. Teasing out cause and effect when we live in a soup of over 300 man-made chemicals is challenging at best. My choice is to pay the extra price for organic food though the delta at Trader Joe’s is often not much. Our government could look to European pesticide regulations based on “precautionary” approach. Our government’s pesticide regulations are based on proving they are not dangerous with tests limited to a single active ingredient. That’s not the world we live in.
Nutrient levels may not be worth the extra cost but continued exposure to man-made chemicals certainly is while more organic production equates to less chemicals in our air, water, soils and food.”
As a chef restaurateur, I see huge value in Organic. It tastes better, richer, and most important, farmers must nurture their soil, preserving it for generations to come. If Conventional produced was priced with out the huge subsidies given to petro-chemical farmers…it would be many more times more expensive than Organic farming.
Ever wonder why “conventional” produce is so cheap?
Add in the cost of environmental damage, erosion of top-soil, (arguably our most precious natural resource) the devastating ill-health effects rained down upon the workers who apply these chemicals and their surrounding communities, plus the subsidized chemicals these farmers depend on…add all that up and “conventional produce” would cost many times more than “organically grown.”
Organic farmers nurture, and BUILD their soil while “conventional” farmers destroy it. That’s the real value of organic, not what you pay at the grocery store or the lack of poisons on your food. We’re never going to feed the world with destructive factory farming practices. In the end, economics will lead us back to organic and sustainable farming practices.
But I’m not waiting and never have been. I’ve always sought out certified organic produce and grocery product for my home and for Real Food Daily.
And that’s the value of RFD. On June 21st, Real Food Daily celebrates its 22nd year of business at its first location in Santa Monica, California.
We will continue to remain steadfast to sourcing organically grown produce and ingredients. We think it tastes better and is better for you and the planet.
Happy Birthday RFD SaMo!
Thanks for 22 years of delicious and healthy and ORGANIC foods