Why am I paying more for organic produce?

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ANM775
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Why Do I have to pay more not to have crap added to stuff like apples ...?

My parents said, back in the day if you wanted extra crap added to your food you had to pay extra for it ... but now it seems things are in reverse..
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If you don't add pesticides there is more insect damage, if you don't add artificial fertiliser then crop yields are lower, if you don't pump animals full of hormones they don't grow as big
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According to Wikipedia,
Organic agriculture has a higher production costs and lower yields, higher labor costs, and higher consumer prices as compared to conventional farming methods.
As a consumer, you're just paying more for the environmental benefits.
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If you don't add pesticides there is more insect damage, if you don't add artificial fertiliser then crop yields are lower, if you don't pump animals full of hormones they don't grow as big
so it's greed basically.

due to advances in pesticides farmers realise they can get a higher yield by adding these things so if you want the produce without the added stuff they charge you extra for it to make up the amount they could have got for it with all that added crap included with the higher yield.

seems like advances in farming are hurting the nations health.
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Much of the use of chemicals is meant to boost the efficiency of agriculture and lower the prices for those who cannot afford. And the increased efficiency always tends to make them cheaper the organic ones.
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It's not organic stuff costing more really its mass produced stuff costing less. Stuff can be pumped out in huge quantities now and costs hardly anything (look at chicken for example), if you want higher quality and lower environmental damage like how farming was before mass production then it's going to cost similar amounts to how stuff was priced back then, before people got used to stuffing themselves with buckets of KFC.
If you dont want to pay the cost of organic then dont buy it, it's a free market.
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Production costs are generally higher, yield quantities lower and trying to minimise the use of artificial fertilisers/pesticides/hormones can be quite labour intensive for farmers.

Are you a fan of Duchy Originals and organic British strawberries?
I grow some organic veg & herbs, try to buy organic fruit and meat whenever I can.
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(Original post by ANM775)
so it's greed basically.

due to advances in pesticides farmers realise they can get a higher yield by adding these things so if you want the produce without the added stuff they charge you extra for it to make up the amount they could have got for it with all that added crap included with the higher yield.

seems like advances in farming are hurting the nations health.
It is wanting to earn the same from your land but using more environmentally sound practices. Basic economics. If you only get half as many apples in your crop then you need to charge twice as much for them to sustain your income. Some people are happy to pay for that - and for an apple that taste of apple and not water. If you are not prepared to pay the premium that is a direct result of the reduced yield then just stay with the mass produced stuff.
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(Original post by ANM775)
seems like advances in farming are hurting the nations health.
What evidence do you have that Organic produce is better for you? I haven't seen any.
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(Original post by londonmyst)
Production costs are generally higher, yield quantities lower and trying to minimise the use of artificial fertilisers/pesticides/hormones can be quite labour intensive for farmers.

Are you a fan of Duchy Originals and organic British strawberries?
I grow some organic veg & herbs, try to buy organic fruit and meat whenever I can.
I used to buy duchy originals about 15 years ago but haven't had them for a while. Haven't had strawberries for a while either and tbh i don't know if i'm going to eat them again after seeing that tik tok thing on them ... 🤢

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What evidence do you have that Organic produce is better for you? I haven't seen any.
I've heard that they generally have more nutrients, and saw an apple today saying organic apples have a better range of friendly bacteria than non organic ones and also contain less harmful bacteria
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