Why should I pay more for Organics?

The Sustainable Table have a brilliant answer to this question, I couldn't put it any better! 

"In Australia, household expenditure on food and non-alcoholic beverages is about 17% of our income, with 37% of our income being spent on discretionary items including alcohol, tobacco, clothing, recreation, household furnishings and personal care. For many Australians, being able to purchase organic and free range food is more about the value they place on it in comparison to other lifestyle activities, rather than truly not being able to afford it. It’s also about seeking out places to purchase organic food at a reasonable price (that little hipster shopfront in the middle of the city’s most expensive street may not be it).

Another way to look at why organic food costs more is that our economic system does not factor in the true environmental and health costs of industrial farming; this cost is felt down the line and paid through our taxes. For example, environmental damage such as land degradation, pollution to waterways and over-irrigation becomes a public issue that requires large government investment. In addition, the health implications caused by a build-up of chemicals in our bodies and poor diets places pressure on the public health system.

Spending a bit more on organic food is about placing greater importance on prioritising your own health, the health of the planet and the livelihood of many smaller family farms.

If you shop smart by purchasing your organic food in season and direct from the farmer at a farmers’ market, through an organic box system or Food Hub you will find you are paying little or no more than industrially grown food. It does start to add up when you buy speciality items such as meat and dairy, however, these should be enjoyed sparingly for environmental reasons anyway." [<https://sustainabletable.org.au/all-things-ethical-eating/industrial-vs-organic/>]

Link to The Sustainable Table's article 

What do you think?

Sam Priestly