Organic meat, for example, is free of hormones that make the animal produce more or grow faster. If a cow can produce more milk, the milk can be cheaper. If a steer grows faster, it will not need to be fed as much before it is ready to slaughter, so the farmer saves money on food and the meat can be cheaper.
Organic vegetables that aren’t sprayed with pesticides have a higher risk of being damaged by insects. The farmer loses a larger percentage of his crop and therefore the product is more expensive.
I have noticed that there are some organic brands that are comparatively priced, namely “365 Organic.”
Organic and eco-friendly products are more expensive for a variety of reasons. There isn’t enough competition or demand in these markets yet to push the prices down. Once these things become the norm, more of them will be put on the market resulting in a drop in price. Also, when companies compete for the same niche, the prices go down. Products that exploit the environment are cheaper to produce so what you are paying for when you buy organic/eco-friendly is the more expensive, more responsible product. Because more responsible products are more expensive to produce, they will be more expensive to buy because those costs are passed on to the consumer. The organic and eco-friendly label can also be considered value added, which drives up the price.
The main reason that intensively farmed foods are cheaper to buy in the shops is that you are paying for them in your taxes. Agrochemical agriculture is heavily subsidised by the taxpayer through the government, whereas organic farming receives no subsidies at all.
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