It’s amazing how things change and we adapt to modern technologies and methods.
About 80 years ago pesticides did not exist. Conventional agriculture by nature was “organic”. In 1940 the first pesticide was invented to avoid the loss of production that at that time was about 7%. It should be noted that, due to the resistance that pests have acquired to these pesticides, currently the loss is around 13%. So, it has become a vicious cycle, and the losses are even larger.
Now, we have the gut to say that organic is a trend, when this has been the norm since the beginning of time. Now, we call conventional the agriculture that is bathed in pesticides. It is not a trend to want to eat as it was intended. Unfortunately, because of the difficulty of returning to normal farming methods, buying organic produce can be costly.
WHY IS IT EXPENSIVE?
- To begin with, we have spent so many years filling the lands with chemicals, that the farmers have nowhere to plant because everything is contaminated.
- On the other hand, if a farmer owns his land near one that is “conventional” the chemicals can be transferred to his land. When agencies dedicated to certifying crops as organic detect trace of chemicals, these farmers end up losing.
- An additional cost that these farmers have, is that they must pay for the certification to be validated as organic. If no one certifies them as organic, would we buy them? If the companies sold us their products as organic, without anyone corroborating it, would we pay extra for something that we are not sure if it is? Most likely not. That is why these farmers are obliged to certifying their products as organic. We need someone making sure that it really is pesticide free.
There are more reasons why organic food can be more expensive. But that’s not what this post is about.
Nowadays, unfortunately, it is impossible to eat 100% organic as it was eaten years ago. But, I do not think it is completely necessary to eat pesticide free to lead a healthy life. As long as we take care of our bodies and give it what it needs, such as fruits, vegetables, legumes (beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc.), we can eat balanced and lead a full life, although our agricultural practices have changed.
Read my other posts about the importance of eating organic here.