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Why Is Organic Food More Expensive Than Conventional Food?

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Over the past few decades, buying food with an "organic" label has become increasingly popular. While some people try to only eat organic food (since organic food is not treated with pesticides), most people couldn’t care less if their food was organic. Unfortunately for fans of the organic movement, organic food is generally more expensive than conventional food — and that goes for everything from produce to grains to snacks to animal products.

Why Is Organic Food More Expensive?

Organic food often costs more than conventional food. This is not a hard-and-fast rule, but in most cases, an organic apple will cost more than a conventional one.

The higher price of organic food is understandably why many people buy conventional food instead — but in the future, it’s possible that the price of organic food will be about the same as conventional.

In 2017, $45.2 billion of the food industry’s total income was thanks to organic food, according to Capital Press. That number may sound like a lot, but it’s actually only 5.5 percent of the industry’s total sales that year, which were $822.2 billion. So since organic food represents such a small percentage of total food sales, the prices are a bit higher. If the demand for organic food continues to grow, the supply could be scaled up, and organic food could subsequently go down in price (your basic supply and demand).