The high price of going 'organic'

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    Apr 27, 2008 4:28 PM GMT
    While many companies are now rushing to "go green," recent surveys show American consumers are getting turned off by the organic hype for three reasons: price, skepticism and confusion.
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    Apr 27, 2008 4:39 PM GMT
    My daughter is all about organic foods !!! everytime she comes over she brings something organicly raised. When it comes to meat, I know its expensive, but its bound to be better raised without all the hormones and whatever else the "FACTORY FARMS" pump into them. Overall I don't go the organic route because of the expense though, somtimes its as much higher as 30% or 40%, and these days things are high enough as it is.
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    Apr 27, 2008 4:49 PM GMT
    After my ephiphany with this cancer treatment, I put my money into health first, then anything else if there is some left over.

    As I have come to say, if I die, I dont need the money, and if I live, I need the body.
  • DrStorm

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    Apr 27, 2008 6:27 PM GMT
    If you are lucky enough to have a Trader Joe's in your city it beats ANY regular supermarket prices hands down.


  • metta

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    Apr 27, 2008 6:47 PM GMT
    I don't blame consumers. It has gotten crazy the last couple of years. I have had a green business for 11 years now and seeing companies like Clorox coming out with a environmentally friendly products under the Chlorox brand really ticks me off. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Organic products are always going to be more expensive unless the government decides to tax environmentally bad raw materials to put them on a more even scale. Organic products do not rise in price any faster than any other products.

    There was another little green boom in the mid 90's (large companies were not involved then). And most of the companies went under because people said they cared at the time but were not willing to pay more. Today, we have more people with higher incomes and more people are willing to pay more. Seeing the huge companies get into it makes me wonder if they will stick with it when they figure out that they are now making near as much money with them as the other products. They have to keep their shareholders happy.

    My turnover of products is on the low side (I don't do foods) but I accept that as part of the business model. I never went into it to make a bunch of money. I did it because I wanted to make a living doing something that I care about.

    I do find it funny how some of my customers think that the green industry is brand new. But I love how excited some of them get about taking steps to make a difference.

    For people that care, just do the best you can. If something is too much for you, find an alternative that will work for you.
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    Apr 27, 2008 9:21 PM GMT
    I work for a municipality and one of the things I am overseeing is 'going green.' Thankfully this is becoming a full time job for someone else soon.

    Fortunately this is going to be a huge industry in the next few years, emerging to probably be bigger than we can expect right now.

    Unfortunately a small amount of the people involved are totally without a clue as to how overtly profiteering they seem. Theres one in particular that has tried to use city funds for her own private business; luckily that was stopped quickly.

    There are going to be some huge scandals involving green growth in the future though, mark my words. We stopped what could have been one, but unfortunately, not every city has people working for it that are as smart as mine.

    I shop organic and love whole foods even if it does cost more. I'm not a green soldier by any stretch of the imagination, but I do what I can. Just thought I'd end on that positive note.
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    Apr 28, 2008 1:46 AM GMT
    Organic is a hyped. Sure, it is better for the environment that those organic tomatoes you bought weren't grown with petro-fertilizers, but it takes just as much gas to ship them from Argentina where they are grown while we winter.

    Local food is the way to go, local organic if you can get it.
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    Apr 28, 2008 9:42 AM GMT
    I personally think organic food is hyped due to people's neurotic concern about their health. Any vegetables or fruit you buy should be washed thoroughly anyways. Furthermore, to get the same amount of food, you need to put more land under cultivation. I am personally not convinced it is better for the environment.

    In order for humanity to be fed properly as we grow towards 10 billion people, genetically modified food (and the killing off of corn ethanol programs) will be the way to go.

    Western society consumers are worried about the health impact of eating non-organic foods or genetically modified foods, when there are so many other things that have a more negative impact on our health (such as our high-stress, sedentary lifestyle).
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    Apr 28, 2008 9:58 AM GMT
    I think the idea of organic is better than the reality. If you buy local produce and do due diligence on packaged goods you should be, by and large, okay.
    But, the term 'organic' in packaging is more of a legal term that specifies how a product is grown and packaged. The laws on food products, for example, frequently allow a far higher percentage of foreign elements to be included in the food (like insect parts) because of the restrictions on growing organic. So the healthful aspects of organic foods, as an example, may be countered by some other potentially deleterious aspects.
    I know that there are companies that truly focus on organic and green as their primary output, there are many large companies who use the term for marketing and price hiking, when there's little that's anymore organic than regular processed foods and other products.