Sustainable Businesses- Money Making

Sustainable Businesses- Money Making

April 2014

Lianne Beland

Organic and sustainable businesses have had an enormous growth over the past decade, to say the least.  While many big chain grocery stores have sectioned off an isle or so of their stores to sell organic products, many independently owned stores, selling only natural and organic products have been opening as well.  In terms of health and wellness, organic foods and products are naturally better for the environment, as well as better for our bodies.  However, in terms of money, the people and companies behind these organic labeled foods may be feeling a little unwell. 

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            When grocery shopping, the most significant factor that will help us to decide if we are going to purchase organic food rather than conventional food, is the dollar difference between the two.  Most people believe that the benefits they would receive from an organic vegetable are miniscule, compared to the extra few dollars they would be spending on that produce.  What we don’t realize, however, is that there are reasons why these fruits and vegetables are overpriced, and that they aren’t only being overpriced for the benefit of the retailer. 

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            Farmers who are working to grow organic produce spend a substantial amount of time in the crops, compared to conventional farming.  Because they are using much less machinery as well as no pesticides, growing these crops requires a much larger amount of manual labor.  Not to mention the special machinery that they do use, also have high prices.  It is the same idea for farmers taking care of organic animals.  They need more space, and the animals need to be organically fed.  Consequentially, more space means more money, and so does that organic feed.  Another factor that farmers, businessmen and businesswomen seeking to sell organic products need to consider is the pricey certification that they are going to need to start off, and renew over the years.  With this in mind, someone seeking to grow organic food for the first time needs to take into consideration the heavy prices of application fees, the cost of the organic assessments, then the actual certificate, inspections etc…     

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            Conventional brands of foods and even beauty products are indeed making more money than organic brands.  Most people aren’t aware of the reality of the benefits that they would be receiving through purchasing, consuming and using organic products.  Once society starts to look beyond the price tag, and understands why it is that these products are priced differently, perhaps the circumstances will change.  The extra dollar or so might actually seem worth paying once we come to realize what we are actually supporting, and putting into our bodies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

  1. http://organic.about.com/
  2. http://nikihampton.hubpages.com/hub/Why-are-Organic-Beauty-Products-More-Expensive-than-Traditional-Products

 

Photo Sources:

  1. http://www.growswitch.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/organic-farming-reduces-fertilizer.jpg
  2. http://agrodaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Organic-Produce.jpg
  3. http://www.globalenvision.org/files/india-200710-tcook0086_4.jpg