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Organic agriculture is a holistic production management system which promotes and enhances agro-ecosystem health, including biodiversity, biological cycles, and soil biological activity. It emphasises the use of management practices in preference to the use of off-farm inputs, taking into account that regional conditions require locally adapted systems. This is accomplished by using, where possible, agronomic, biological, and mechanical methods, as opposed to using synthetic materials, to fulfil any specific function within the system.
Why Organic Food is Expensive then counterparts
- Organic food supply is limited as compared to demand;
- Production costs for organic foods are typically higher because of greater labour inputs per unit of output particularly with weed removal and because greater diversity of enterprises means economies of scale cannot be achieved;
- Post-harvest handling of relatively small quantities of organic foods results in higher costs because of the mandatory segregation of organic and conventional produce, especially for processing and transportation;
- Marketing and the distribution chain for organic products is relatively inefficient and costs are higher because of relatively small volumes.
- Higher costs of storage of the produce and also loss due to Pests.
- Fungal Infections -even the fungi knows which is good food and they too like Organic food
- Low shelf life -Organic products can perish sooner then chemically grown food.
- Protecting the seed is difficult as they are not commercially made in labs and thus require continous sowing-harvesting cycle to protect.
- Packaging - Organic food needs to be specially packed in airtight packs to avoid damages from climate changes.
As demand for organic food and products is increasing, technological innovations and economies of scale should reduce costs of production, processing, distribution and marketing for organic produce.
Prices of organic foods include not only the cost of the food production itself, but also a range of other factors that are not captured in the price of conventional food, such as:
- Environmental enhancement and protection (and avoidance of future expenses to mitigate pollution). For example, higher prices of organic cash crops compensate for low financial returns of rotational periods which are necessary to build soil fertility;
- Higher standards for animal welfare;
- Avoidance of health risks to farmers due to inappropriate handling of pesticides (and avoidance of future medical expenses);
- Rural development by generating additional farm employment and assuring a fair and sufficient income to producers.