Organic Vs. Conventional Food A Cost Comparison By Jennifer Kitchen HW220-01 Kaplan University May 28, 2010
Conventional Food Item & Organic$/LB or each Price Difference $/LB or each1.49# Fuji Apples 1.59# .10#.69# Yellow Onions .95# .26#.75# Russet Potatoes 1.29# .54#5.99# Asparagus 6.75# .76#2.99# Tomatoes 4.45# 1.46#5.99 each Avocados 6.75 each .76 each1.69 each Mangos 1.89 each .20 each
Ease or Challenge of Finding Organic FoodsQ. How easy was it to find organic produce?A. Finding organic produce is quite easy for me. I am fortunate to have a great natural food store two blocks from my home. I buy most of my groceries at Zuma Natural Foods and they only sell organic.Not everyone is close to a store that carries all organic and it canbe challenging to find organics in a conventional grocery. Knowwhat one is looking for can be helpful. The labels of "natural" ,"all natural”, "free-range“, or "hormone-free does not mean thesame thing as organic (Mayo Clinic, 2010).
Labeling of Organic FoodsQ. How are organic foods labeled?A. At Zuma I know all the produce is organic for theysell no conventional produce. They have a sign statingthey only sell USDA certified organic.• Most grocery stores carry both conventional and organic. – Food labeled "100% organic" contains no synthetic ingredients and can legally use the USDA organic seal. – Food labeled "organic" has a minimum of 95% organic ingredients and does not qualify for the USDA organic seal. – Food labeled "made with organic ingredients" must contain at least 70% organic ingredients and cannot carry the USDA organic seal. • (MedicineNet.com, 2007).
Organic Produce In StockQ. Is Organic Produce in Stock at Local Grocers?A. Zuma Natural Foods has a variety of organic produceand I make the majority of my produce purchasesthere. The P&D grocery store across the street fromZuma does not carry organic produce, they only carryconventional produce. P&D does sell some organicprepackaged products and the farmers’ market, sellingboth conventional and organic produce, sets up in theparking lot throughout the summer.
Rationale for Cost Difference Q. What rationale can be used to explain cost difference to clients?A. Organic farmers; A. Conventional farmers;• Work harder and yield smaller crops • Use chemical fertilizers to promote because they do not use pesticides. larger crops.• Use beneficial insects and birds, to • Use chemical herbicides to kill weeds. keep pests down and to help plants • Use chemical insecticides to reduce thrive. pests and disease.• Use natural fertilizers, like manure or • Give animals antibiotics, growth compost, to feed soil and plants. hormones, and medications to prevent disease and spur growth.• Rotate crops, till, hand weed, and • Do not let their animals roam outside. mulch to manage weeds. (Mayo Clinic, 2010).• Give their animals organic feed.• Allow their animals access to the outdoors.• Use preventive measures , like rotational grazing, a balanced diet and clean housing, to help minimize disease in the animals they raise.
References• Mayo Clinic, (2010). Organic foods: Are they safer? More nutritious? Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/organic-food/NU00255.• MedicineNet.com (2007). Organic Food - Is Natural Worth the Extra Cost? Retrieved from http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey= 52420.• Pictures from Microsoft Office Program Clipart.• Stores visited: Zuma Naturals and P&D Grocery