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When Will the Demand for Organic Food Cause Prices to Decline?

Every day, millions of people step into grocery stores in search of healthy food. The majority of Americans prefer to purchase organic food but are stopped by the cost of organic foods. Throughout the United States, organic food is generally more expensive than other foods. Because of expensive healthy food, many Americans turn to inorganic or unhealthier foods to fill their stomachs.

Organic food is so expensive that shoppers who choose to purchase organic food spend 20% more on groceries. Many analysts have said that the demand for organic food will cause the price to decline, but price for organic food still remains extremely high for families that earn the average income. The organic food industry is a 10.8 billon dollar industry that has been growing but is not able to match the conventional sales.

Because of high prices, for individuals and families under the average income, cheap food is far more attractive than the organic food that might cost a few extra dollars. Food industries such as Wendy’s, McDonalds and Burger King are still successfully in business because of families that turn to these unhealthy foods for financial reasons.

Because of inflation, there has been an increase in production and cost of ingredients in many product. Though there is an increase in price of the cheaper product, it is still much cheaper because cheaper inorganic products usually use low-cost packaging, cheap ingredients and mass produce their food. The harmful additives and ingredients that have been refined cause the consumption of these cheap products to have a detrimental effect in the long run.

Though organic food tends to be more expensive than regular food, it is not impossible to find cheap organic food. For example, Whole Foods can be more expensive than other grocery stores but when comparing some products, organic foods weren’t much costlier than regular ones.

Price difference of regular and organic Strawberries

In the photograph above, the price of regular strawberries is $3.99k while the organic strawberries is $4.99. There is only a dollar difference between the two. I’m not saying every food will have a small cost difference, but sometimes organic food can be more affordable than other times.

The traditional Western diet has millions of Americans turn to inorganic, fatty foods that cause heart disease and diabetes. In the United States, 68% of people who are older than 65 and have diabetes suffer from some kind of heart disease. These statistics can be lowered and millions can be at a lesser risk if organic, healthy foods were chosen rather than artificial foods.

The price of organic foods has become a burden on many Americans and by lowering the price of these foods, millions of Americans can save their health.

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Arusha Kumria
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Arusha Kumria is an Indian-American 17 year old from New York. In her free time she likes to read and write. She is very passionate about women's rights and equality.

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