Thank You!
Search OCA:
Get Local!

Find Local News, Events & Green Businesses on OCA's State Pages:

OCA News Sections

Organic Consumers Association

Yes, Organic Can Cost More. Here Are 10 Reasons Why It's Worth It

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's All About Organics page.

What if you knew the government and certain businesses were messing with your brain? Well, they are. As Ellen Ruppel Shell writes in her book Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture, governments and some big businesses know that most people get the same buzz from a good discount as they get from gambling. But as with gambling, the "house" always wins.

For every big-win story, there are thousands more who've lost. This discount technique comes into play in our food as well, as no government subsidies or handouts are given to organic farmers, putting the cost of paying for pricey certifications, inspections and high insurance plans solely on them. This is why the things you buy the most -- such as milk and eggs -- are dirt-cheap compared to their organic counterparts. Zap! That good deal just gave you a buzz that encourages you to resist organic.

So, allow me to attempt to rewire your brain a bit -- or perhaps free it -- with 10 reasons that organic is worth it!

1.Organic farmers get no government subsidies or handouts. Whether you are liberal or conservative, that's a good thing. Although, it does mean that your tax dollars are paying for all that cheap food.

2.You will automatically become an environmentalist without having to make a donation or show up for a protest. Here's a short list of things organic farmers help keep totally out of our soil, water, air and bodies: toxic fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, sewage sludge, antibiotics and growth hormones. All of these are known to cause grave physical damage in people as well as bees, bats, frogs, and fish.

3.You will be healthier. You can pay more now or pay later (in health care costs). Agricultural chemicals are known to cause diabetes, obesity, cancer, allergies, asthma, infertility, miscarriage, birth defects, ADHD and perhaps even autism. And we've only scratched the surface in understanding what damage these toxins are doing to our health.

4.You can feel good about your contribution to a better world. It's kind of like making a charitable donation, but instead of it filtering through a middleman, your money directly helps an entire chain of good people, families, and the environment they affect. Your health, too.       


>>> Read the Full Article

For more information on this topic or related issues you can search the thousands of archived articles on the OCA website using keywords: