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Co-Op Proves That the Poor Can Eat Organic, Too

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"There is no reason why we poor people have to eat badly," says Ecuadrian farmer Juan Anguisaca. "It's not that organic products have to be expensive. They can be profitable and within the reach of the poor," Rodrigo Aucay adds.


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Erin R (181)
Sunday April 25, 2010, 6:37 pm
This is good news for Ecuadorians.

Jaclin S (230)
Sunday April 25, 2010, 8:31 pm
Well organic food in NZ is off the charts price wise - so I do not even look at it any longer. TY Naoko Love & Light

patricia lasek (317)
Monday April 26, 2010, 6:20 am
When you consider the cost of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, it seems as though organic would be cheaper. I don't understand why it is higher priced in grocery stores.

Jonathan B (14)
Monday April 26, 2010, 12:59 pm
The key to buying organic is to go to the actual farmers market on the weekend.

In Oklahoma City, the OSU Tech based Farmer's Market meets on Saturday morning from 8am to 1pm in the spring and summer and fall and from 10am to 1 pm in the winter.

This market has organic produce that requires local farmers and ranchers from the state, and blocks imports of even organic goods, and this keeps the cost reasonable, and the risk to a minimum since bad food sold by a farmer would result in his having to face the consumer the next week.

The local grow concept also works well since friendships grow between the seller and consumer that you do not have in corporate markets.

I have found that the cost of goods is comparable, and the co-ops can even take orders that you pick up on the weekend for more scarce items.

I have been shopping at farmer's markets for years, in spite of a low income, and have had better health than I did when I was young.


Naoko i (257)
Monday April 26, 2010, 4:06 pm
I don't know about how it is in other places, but in Japan, if farmers go organic, and don't use chemical pesticide and/or fertilizers, they will need more labor/labour hours (and labour cost is high in Japan) to fight against plant diseases, or will have less yields. If the prices are still the same with that of conventional farming, not many farmers opt for organic. It is a kind of "added value" they put on organic products, with higher prices.
But as Jonathan wrote, farmers market is a wonderful concept and it is becoming popular here, too.

Maira Sun (34)
Monday April 26, 2010, 8:27 pm

Fran F (116)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 1:05 am
This is good to hear!

Patricia, one reason organic food is often more expensive is that there is less of it produced. Agribusiness, which produces most conventionally-grown food, has its system of production and distribution down to a science. With groceries (and maybe with produce as well), the major producers often coerce supermarket chains into carrying only their brands.

Jelica R (144)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 1:52 am
Thanks, Naoko.

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Abo r (107)
Tuesday April 27, 2010, 1:58 am
It is good if they can buy it.
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