Nowadays, many commercial farmers, who own thousands of acres to grow produce to feed the world, require pesticides and synthetic fertilizers to maintain their crops to meet the high demand of output they must fulfill. This is also known as conventional farming.
The mass production of farming has come into question over the years due to the potential risks for certain cancers and diseases associated with the pesticides used.
Although organic produce is more expensive, consuming organic produce will protect you and your family from the possibility of digesting harmful pesticides found in conventional produce.
Why is organic produce more expensive?
Organic growers usually do not have the acreage of conventional growers and thus produce less of a crop. There are also many requirements to label produce as organic and receive the USDA Organic Seal:
The organic crop production standards require that:
- Land must have had no prohibited substances applied to it for at least 3 years before the harvest of an organic crop.
- Soil fertility and crop nutrients will be managed through tillage and cultivation practices, crop rotations, and cover crops, supplemented with animal and crop waste materials and allowed synthetic materials.
- Crop pests, weeds, and diseases will be controlled primarily through management practices including physical, mechanical, and biological controls.
- Operations must use organic seeds and other planting stock when available.
- The use of genetic engineering, ionizing radiation and sewage sludge is prohibited.
Rows of organic produce are lined with rows of flowers that repel certain insects naturally and promote pollination from bees and birds. This takes up twice the space of conventional land and produces half the crops. Crop rotation is necessary to avoid specific fugus and pests from settling.
So you can understand why organic produce is more expensive!
Choosing organic to fit your budget.
You can always grow your own produce if you have the space in your yard or garden. It is great to have the ability to pick your own home-grown produce at its peak ripeness! You will be limited as to what you can grow and how much you can grow, but it is a great experience if you have the time and space to grow what you can manage.
There is certain produce you may choose to buy organic due to the level of pesticides used in conventional farming. Of course, the benefits of consuming any produce far outweigh the hazards of possible contamination from pesticides. Certain produce is less susceptible to pesticides due to their tough skins. The pesticides that may reside on their surface are impenetrable and may easily be washed off.
It is best to save you money and purchase conventional produce for these types of fruits and vegetables. Being mindful of the different types of produce to purchase will benefit your health as well as your wallet!