As part of the experiment, a supermarket chain and the Swedish Institute for Environmental Research, a family completely change their dishes for two weeks and all foods are replaced – organic.
The five family members were tested during the experimentation by regularly giving urine analysis.
After 15 days of eating only products exclusively organic growth levels of bad chemicals in their samples declined sharply.
This experiment showed that more than a few days to feed exclusively organic food that the body purged of pesticides and other toxins we consume non-organic food, which was the goal of the study which aims to promote a healthier diet.
Unfortunately, the biggest obstacle in this way to keep your health is the high price of organic products.
Why is organic food more expensive than conventional food?
Certified organic products are generally more expensive than their conventional counterparts (for which prices have been declining) for a number of reasons:
- Organic food supply is limited as compared to demand;
- Production costs for organic foods are typically higher because of greater labour inputs per unit of output and because greater diversity of enterprises means economies of scale cannot be achieved;
- Post-harvest handling of relatively small quantities of organic foods results in higher costs because of the mandatory segregation of organic and conventional produce, especially for processing and transportation;
- Marketing and the distribution chain for organic products is relatively inefficient and costs are higher because of relatively small volumes.
As demand for organic food and products is increasing, technological innovations and economies of scale should reduce costs of production, processing, distribution and marketing for organic produce.
Prices of organic foods include not only the cost of the food production itself, but also a range of other factors that are not captured in the price of conventional food, such as:
- Environmental enhancement and protection (and avoidance of future expenses to mitigate pollution). For example, higher prices of organic cash crops compensate for low financial returns of rotational periods which are necessary to build soil fertility;
- Higher standards for animal welfare;
- Avoidance of health risks to farmers due to inappropriate handling of pesticides (and avoidance of future medical expenses);
- Rural development by generating additional farm employment and assuring a fair and sufficient income to producers.
Certified organic almost always comes with a higher price tag. But why?
As this video shows, the answer might not surprise you. One reason is that USDA rules can make it more expensive.
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