The True Cost of Food: Organic Isn’t Too Expensive, Conventional is Too Cheap!

Here’s a brief introduction to why organic produce isn’t as expensive compared to conventional as you might think, when you include the costs of conventional that are externalized.

Created by Dutch organic distributor Eosta’s Nature & More company.

Published on Aug 18, 2016

Organic vegetables and fruits are the best, aren’t they? But they seem expensive. That’s why we, as a supplier of organic food, decided to share the True Cost of Food with you in the store shelves. As far as we know, we’re the first food company worldwide to provide that level of transparency. This video explains what The True Cost of Food is all about. Organic isn’t too expensive, conventional is too cheap! We did the math.

Farmers Markets Increase Access to Nutritious Food

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  • The number of farmers markets accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits has increased 40% on average every year since 2009. With affordable prices and special programs for low-income people, markets are expanding access to fresh, nutritious food.
  • In 2014, over 5,000 markets and farmers accepted SNAP benefits. Some states that help farmers accept SNAP saw a ten-fold increase in the number of markets accepting SNAP between 2009 and 2014.
  • The amount of SNAP benefits redeemed at farmers markets increased nearly 450% from 2009 ($4.2 million) to 2014 ($18.8 million).
  • In 2014, 42 farmers markets in Washington, D.C. accepted EBT and credit/debit cards, up from 7 in 2010.
  • From 2008-2013, the number of vulnerable seniors visiting the Crescent City Farmers Market increased by 501%.
  • More than 1.5 million WIC participants and 835,795 low-income seniors bought fresh produce directly from farmers in 2013 through the WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs.
  • Of 216 shoppers surveyed at the Janesville, Wisconsin Farmers Market in 2012, 98% said they would eat more fruits and vegetables as a result of their SNAP benefits and 30% said that they had not shopped at the market before SNAP benefits were accepted.
  • In 2012, New York City farmers markets distributed over $280,000 in Health Bucks, a health incentive coupon, to SNAP participants. Nearly three-quarters of Health Bucks users reported that the coupons made them more likely to buy fresh produce.
  • A 2011 study of southeast and Appalachia markets found that in 74% of communities, conventional farmers market produce was less expensive than supermarket produce, on average by 22%.

– Visit farmersmarketcoalition.org for the source of the above data.

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Democratic Party Platform Calls for End to Mountaintop Removal Mining

h/t to Ken Ward Jr. of Coal Tattoo (and a reporter for the WV Gazette) for the heads-up, pointing us to an encouraging Democratic Party platform plank we’d not yet heard about – the end of mountaintop mining removal.

Read the Alliance for Appalachia’s press release on the subject below or download here: DNC Platform Calls for Just Transition and End

DNC Platform Calls for Just Transition and End