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Is It Really More Expensive To Eat Organically?

Dorathy Gass

Eating in a more organic, natural fashion has become incredibly popular in the last five years. There are still millions who want to eat this way, but report that they cannot afford to as commonly in supermarkets across the country, the prices are higher for organic foods. Or, are they?

According to the Organic Trade Association, the overall sales of their organic products are growing some 11% reaching an astonishing $43.3 billion just in 2015. The company has a few dozen new products in the works to be launched this year with cereals and soups on the list.

Years ago, shoppers would have to make a trip to a specialty store that sold organic produce and foods, but now they are readily available in just about every major store you come across. Main retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target sell a large selection of organic foods, and most at excellent prices as well. The Department of Agriculture advises that many retailers are working diligently on lowering the prices on hundreds of items to make it even more frugal for everyone to eat healthier.

CNBC recently reported that many that work in the organic food industry want to spread the message that it really isn’t more expensive to shop organically. For instance, if you are normally a heavy meat eater, then you make the switch to consume only a plant based organic diet for a few weeks, then automatically the cost of groceries for you should go down in price. Fresh meats, chicken, and fish are expensive. For the price of a nice piece of steak that you grab from the butcher’s counter at your local supermarket, you can buy a boatload of vegetables and fruits.

Cooking at home versus eating out at restaurants and fast food is always going to be less expensive. It’s typically more nutritious as well, so definitely get your calculator out the next time you hit the grocery store, and see what your total will be if you opted for the organic approach versus non-organic foods.

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