Organic food was once a staple of only health food stores, but now, taking a trip to even the largest multinational grocers – like Walmart – a typical shopper will find organic and conventional options for many different fruits and vegetables. Total sales of organic products rose an estimated 15 to 20 percent this year, and most vegetarians rely on organic fruits and vegetables to get them through the day. Organic vegetable sales increased 26 percent, milk 25 percent, and beef a whopping 48 percent over last year, but why the increase? Is it due to proven health benefits of buying organic, increased availability and awareness, or another factor?
Strangely, young and low income consumers make the up the largest number of people who purchase organic foods despite the increased cost, according to a study by TABS Group. Further, most people now buy organic food from larger grocers rather than smaller natural food stores. The likelihood of further organic food expansion becomes greater as younger folks who buy organic products continue to age and become higher earners, thus potentially leading to an eventual marginal drop in the cost of those foods.
Error. Page cannot be displayed. Please contact your service provider for more details. (25)Pesticides and the environment are likely the two biggest reasons for increases in organic food purchases. Residue from pesticides can still be found on organic foods though, so the exposure may still be there at a slightly smaller amount; most residues on products do not exceed government safety thresholds, however.
Considering all costs – health, soil replacement, pollution, and environmental concerns – organic foods may be cheaper to produce, especially if the demand continues to increase at the nearly 20 percent per year the market is doing now. Food in the United States travels an average of 1,500 miles from a farm to a refrigerator; at the very least, a person should consider buying food from small farms at local farmer’s markets. The opinion of VegOnline is that it impacts the local economy in a greater way, and having awareness of where your food comes from – and talking to the person who harvested it – is a nice thing to be conscious of.