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Why Buy Organic? 7 Questions About Organics Answered (Page 5)

Why Does Organic Produce Cost More Than Conventional Fruits and Vegetables?

4. Why Does Organic Produce Cost More Than Conventional Fruits And Vegetables?

Organic produce tends to cost more than its conventional equivalent because organic farming is more labor-intensive—due in part to fewer pesticides used—according to the Food and Agriculture Organization and USDA. Additionally, it’s expensive for farmers to maintain their organic status and organic producers tend to have smaller supplies because they don’t use preservatives and so their products have a shorter shelf life.

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