Why is organic more expensive
In Europe the Germans for food for the least money. You are interested in animals appropriate to the species kept and the environment is protected, no longer want to pay for organically produced food anyway. The are in fact not cheap.
According to the magazine Oeko-Test charge is between 40 and 50 percent. In the case of meat, the thing can be even more expensive, because of the surcharge may be up to 100 percent. It is interesting that “organic households” in the total spend but so much money for food as households who buy conventionally produced food. This is mainly because of the “Biokäufern” overall, less meat and sweets are consumed, and the share of alcoholic beverages and tobacco is low. The question of why organic products are so much more expensive than the conventionally produced. Or rather, why is conventional food so cheap to produce.
How it came to the price decline
The consumer excited: for decades, the rise in food prices is the cost of living in General. The peasants have a Disadvantage, Because the producer prices have fallen, whereas the expenditure for means of agricultural production, the same remained. As a result, the output has been forced to decline a enormous Rationalization (e.g., mechanization, Chemicalization production). Many small or medium-sized farm, the cost of the existence. According to a survey by the Federal Ministry for food, agriculture and forestry were forced to close in the last 50 years, in Germany alone, over a Million agricultural holdings, their goals. Under these circumstances, only large enterprises were able to continue to exist. The food industry is under a lot of pressure. Because she is forced agricultural raw materials as cheap as possible to buy – in Europe and worldwide, as in southern and Eastern Europe as well as in the developing countries can be produced because of low wages cheaper. In the food trade is a strong concentration of suppliers, which has led to a ruinous competition and prices down. This pressure for cheap production, processing and marketing has also prepared the ground for the food scandals we have heard for years. Hormones and antibiotics in beef, swine fever, BSE, Salmonella in poultry, meat, glycol in wine are just a few examples among many. It should also be noted that the environmental and social costs of cheap production (e.g. through drinking water treatment for removal of Pesticides and nitrates and the high energy and raw material consumption) are supported, in part, on the tax payers. Ultimately, the so cheap-bought foods are more expensive than we anticipated. We will pay you, just not directly to the cashier of the super market.
Organic pays off in the long term
Organic agriculture produces food in harmony with man, animals and the environment. It therefore requires much less fertilizer and energy than the conventional agriculture. Since Biowirte but the rationalisation connect, you will need to provide a higher work effort in crop production and in animal husbandry. In the process, they achieve, of course, lower income. Therefore, Eco-products, of course, just as cheap as conventionally produced food. On the other hand, Would rail in addition to the classic Marketing (e.g., natural food stores, health food stores) new sales (such as Bio-super markets) is even more strongly established and the offer increases in the conventional food trade, would more people buy Eco products. Increased sales volumes would allow the prices to naturally decline.
The consumers interviewed
Consumer surveys show that the higher prices are actually a barrier to Purchase. Other reasons are the lack of availability and lack of perception of the products. This means that you will not be offered or recognized, where the customers like to shop. Some customers are also confused by too many brands or Labels, and are not to be trusted, “real” organic products. Not to is appreciate also, that many German cheap food is a sign of progress and a high standard of living. And they enjoy a certain “bargain mentality”: what is saved on food can be spent somewhere else (e.g. vacation). To use more food from organic agriculture not a question of income, however, seems to be, but springs from the appreciation of one’s own health, the environment and the social aspects of the food system.