Is Organic Worth the Extra Cost?
Is the Produce Marked Organic Really Worth Your Money?
You see the word “organic” in every grocery store you go to. You may even feel a little healthier when you’re standing in line at check-out with a basket full of organic foods. Then again, you might just be wondering if that organic sticker is even worth it at all.
What is organic? Organic produce means that the produce was made without using synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms.
Here is some information that may either enforce or change your thinking:
- Organic foods, on average, are 47% more expensive than nonorganic foods.
- Only “100% organic” labels mean a product was made entirely with organic ingredients.
- “Organic” labels indicate the product is about 95% made of organic ingredients.
- “Made with organic ingredients” means at least 70% of the product are organic.
- Nonorganic foods had five times more pesticide residue than organic foods.
- A 50% increase of omega-3 fatty acids were found in organic meat and dairy.
- Organic agriculture can lead to long-term sustainability and better soil health.