Is Organic Produce Really That Expensive?
Organic products have become really popular nowadays as more and more people are switching to natural and organic products. This benefits not just the consumer’s health but also the farm workers and the environment. However, organic products are known to be expensive and this has become a major barrier in the food choices of consumers. They make the claims that organic is better, but, are we paying too much for organic items? How much does Organic Produce really cost?
Consumer Reports presented an analysis of the USDA’s Weekly Advertised Fruit & Vegetables Retail Prices report, which collects prices from more than 29,000 grocery stores in the U.S, and focusing on 14 non-organic fresh fruits and vegetables that were rated Fair or Poor for pesticides they came up with an average national price for June 2020.
How Can You Save and Still Buy Organic?
- Go for frozen or canned. Organic produce also has frozen or canned versions and are often less pricey than fresh, especially if you choose store brands.
- Watch out for the sale! Ask when fresh organic produce goes on sale at your local grocery and choose to go shopping at that time. Sale prices of organic produce often rival nonorganic varieties.
- Price comparison. Check the price of the product per pound, quart, or other individual measures. Tip: packaged produce usually gets less pricey. For example, the national average price for loose organic apples was $1.95 a pound. But a 2-pound bag of organic apples was $3.76, or $1.88 per pound.
- Get the whole, not the portions. In produce, bigger products are cheaper than their smaller portioned counterparts. Lettuce in a plastic clamshell, for example, costs more than a head of lettuce, and a wedge of watermelon is more per pound than a whole one.
- Choose varieties. Some varieties of organic produce are cheaper than others. During the first and last weeks of June 2020, for example, organic Bartlett pears cost less than nonorganic Bosc.
- Keep your eyes out for deals. Know when organic produce becomes cheaper, especially the seasonal ones, and stock up on them when they are. It would be a good time to buy more of them when you know they are cheap before prices go back up again.
Editor’s Note on How Much Organic Produce Really Costs:
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