Organics: Out Of Reach
Personally, I think
organic products are overrated. And I don’t believe that organic milk
is better for you than non-organic milk.
I do, however, feel that organic veggies are probably
better for consumers because they are supposed to be grown without the use
of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
But the organic debate holds a more political import
for me. In my opinion, eating organic is not a luxury most Americans can
afford. To eat well in this country, one must have money or be educated to
make the right nutritional choices.
It is sad, for example, that Whole Foods is not an
option for the common consumer. Why can’t eating organic be an
affordable option for everyone? I would like to see a less expensive
equivalent of Whole Foods be established for the average American to
benefit from this way of eating, one that seems to be more associated with
the upper class. Or perhaps organic food manufacturers could find a way to
lower their prices so more consumers are able to make the choice to
purchase more healthful products.
What is the answer? I don’t entirely know. But I
do know that eating well in this country is a benefit for the
privileged, not the undereducated, less-informed consumer.
I came across some comments on the Internet by David
Bruce, a farmer communications manager at Organic Valley Dairy in La Farge,
Wis., who cites prices that have been on the rise since 1988 as proof that
organic foods are here to stay. “It’s not just a fad,”
Bruce says. “Today the supply is not keeping up with the demand, and
now there is real opportunity for farmers to get involved in organic
But can everyone afford to eat organic? According to Bruce, demand is
especially high for organic dairy products, meaning that organic producers are being
paid more than twice the amount most commercial producers are for raw milk.
With demand outstripping supply, the cost of a gallon of organic milk is
sometimes three times the cost of a gallon of regular milk. While the costs
could level out, many in the organic industry don’t see organic food
prices coming down in the near future.
And that’s my point.
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