Many people find it hard to invest in organic food because they are more expensive than other types of food in the market. Food produced from conventional farming methods is easier to produce and thus, cheaper to sell. This clearly explains the huge difference in the prices of these organic farming and conventional farming foods in the market.
But because organic food is more expensive and the American society has been reeling from the high prices of rent and goods, organic produce has become somewhat inaccessible. If you’ve ever wondered what’s behind the high cost of organic food, these are the reasons: more labor, high demand, higher cost of fertilizer, post-harvest handling cost, certification and licenses, and better conditions for livestock.
You may wonder why organic farming could be actually cheaper in terms of the cost of growing organic produce. Sure, there is a higher cost of fertilizer, labor, and handling cost, but managing an organic farm is more beneficial and cost-effective for the farmers. Since they aren’t handling synthetic and chemical fertilizers, they are less exposed to harmful chemicals and contaminants. That results in fewer absences and improved health conditions of the community at large.
Natural capital is defined as an array of ecosystems and resources provided by the natural world. For example, trees naturally produce oxygen without any human intervention at all. Wetlands filter water. Insects pollinate plants. Rainforests generate new medicines. The naturality of these methods make it easier for them to be integrated into organic agricultural schemes. Think about it: what could be more organic than letting nature take care of your crops?
Organic farming can clearly stand its ground under more traditional farming methods. But when you take into account the natural capital values, organic farming becomes the better choice for long-term success and profitability. Not to mention, the positive effects it has on the community and the farmers.
Organic farms are heavily reliant on laborers. Since they don’t use any synthetic fertilizers to grow their crops, they are reliant on local farmers to manage, operate, and till the farm. This is opposed to the effect of traditional farming to communities, wherein many farmers lose their jobs because of the mechanical processes that make farming much easier.
In the end, although organic farming is heavier in the pockets of the consumers, it is more cost-efficient and beneficial for the environment and the local community that it serves. As long as more farmers get into organic agriculture per locality, there is a good chance that the local community will reap the rewards.