Why is Organic Food so *#@! Expensive?? – Ali Partovi


Do you ever wonder why organic food is so expensive?  Ali Partovi explains that it’s not because the food is more expensive to grow – find out the real reason why you pay more for organic.


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Discussion Questions

  • What are the pros and cons of buying organic food?
  • At 2:07, Ali shares eye-opening statistics which demonstrate that the devoted organic shopper profile is identical to the general United States profile. Do you think most people are aware of this? What don’t we hear these statistics more frequently?

Take Action

  1. Shop in Season Many products are less expensive when they are purchased in season. Whether you are buying flowers or a bag of cherries, it’s worth it to see what’s in store in terms of deals on seasonal products.
  2. Explore farm stands and farmers markets.
  3. Become a member of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)! Find it on Eat Well Guide
  4. Community supported agriculture, or CSA, is emerging as a convenient and cost-effective way to buy organic products. A single CSA share can provide you with affordable access to a wide range of organic products!
  5. Go to Change Food’s Tumblr site to share and give us feedback on your experiences.


Edible Impacts

On a mission to “invoke curiosities that challenge the way we think about food,” Edible Impacts is working to empower consumers to eat healthy and sustainably without breaking the bank. Its #30DAYStoSHINE campaign resulted in 25 page manual, breaking down ways to eat organic, whole foods, 3 meals a day for $5-7 per day.

Farmland LP

Formed in 2009, Farmland LP demonstrates that sustainable agriculture at-scale is more economically viable than chemical dependent commodity agriculture. They acquire farmland in or near markets with high demand for organic food and using pastured-livestock and crop rotations, they convert the farmland to organic.

Food and Tech Connect

Food+Tech Connect is the site of record and community for the food tech and innovation sector. We give innovators the tech and business insights, connections and skills you need to transform the food industry.

We are at the beginning of the most radical transformation of our food industry since the Green Revolution. From sensors and software that help farmers improve margins, to crowdfunding platforms that help food artisans kick-start their business, to big data and apps that allow consumers to make more informed choices, there has been an explosion of startups and innovators who are disrupting how food is produced, distributed, sold and consumed. And for the past five years, we’ve been honored to be the voice of and hub for this revolution.

We launched Food+Tech Connect in 2010 to connect, inspire, inform and accelerate the good food innovation movement. Through our website, newsletters and consulting, we help people understand the top food tech, investment and innovation trends. Through our events, we bring entrepreneurs, investors, executives, designers, technologists, chefs, farmers, journalists, advocates and more together to network, collaborate, share best practices and explore the future of the industry. And through our online and in-person training courses, we make it easy for people to cultivate business skills.

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