OK, so I’m not an expert on the market but I do know the reason for this ridiculous ’mix up’.
As some of us are aware, the use of pesticides, herbicides and the ‘acceptance’ of the monoculture (which most monocultures are owned by pharmaceutical companies), has devastated what was once beautiful, nourishing and pristine land. For the most part we are now stuck with trying to undo what these pharmaceutical companies have done to not only the planet, but to the food that most people still eat. Organic farmers have to work so very hard to get the land back to what it used to be for starters. This takes YEARS and a whole lot of money.
They plant lots of different foods in this new dirt and let hard work, sunshine and rain take over. Tilling the soil, planting according to season, and hand picking their bounties. At least that’s what happens where I buy my produce from, and from discussions with them, most other organic farmers in the area do the same.
Now…seriously think about what you buy from your local supermarket chain. The apples are probably a couple years old at best, sprayed and bred with numerous toxic chemicals and then sold to you at an obscene price. I have noticed an increase on the grocery store shelves of organic produce and meats, scattered randomly about these stores with some prices almost double that of the ‘conventional’ foods.
As consumers, YOU alone drive the ‘market’ here. If folks started choosing organic over conventional, the price will come down, more things will become available and we can all start seeing amazing health benefits. We will feel healthy, and proud that our purchases are supporting these old school farmers, making a real contribution to sustainability, and, after many years of punishment, nourishing ourselves with nutritionally dense food.
I buy my produce and meat from local farmers directly and have NEVER spent any more than I would have at the grocery store. In fact, I spend less. And, I’m feeding my family and my dog the health they deserve.
It’s up to you. Nourishment, simplicity, good health. Support your local organic farmers so they can continue to support us, our health and the planet.