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  • 1. Organic Vs. Conventional Food A Cost Comparison By Jennifer Kitchen HW220-01 Kaplan University May 28, 2010
  • 2. 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
  • 3. 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).
  • 4. 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).
  • 5. 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.
  • 6. 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.
  • 7. 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