The High Price of Going Organic

Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 8:56am

Organic foods can cost a pretty penny, but are they worth it?

Fresh fruits and veggies are exactly what the doctor recommends and when choosing many opt for organic.

But how much will it cost you to pick produce and other items that are pesticide free?

With a list of ten items ranging from milk, chicken, eggs, and various fruits and vegetables we hit two stores with our undercover camera.

At Stop and Shop we bought the ten items in non-organic and in the store's own organic brand, "Nature's Promise."

Then we headed over to Whole Foods and bought the same ten things, all organic.

The non-organic bill came to $29.92, Stop and Shop brand organic: $38.33 and Whole Foods: $50.38

That means at Stop and Shop you'll pay nearly 30 percent more to buy organic, while at Whole Foods the bill jumps up nearly 70 percent.

And here's another big question: What is the benefit of buying organic?

"Research shows in the vast body of literature in terms of reducing cancer risk, there is no discernible difference between organic and non-organic," says dietitian Chris Carnright.

There's no research or proof that organic is really better for you.

However, there's a good reason why organic food costs more.

It's more expensive to grow.

"A food must be grown without use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, and must be made without genetically modified organism or irradiation," Carnright explains.

Another perk, organic crops are grown green, meaning this type of farming leaves less of a carbon footprint.

Whether you like how it's grown or think it really is healthier, some people simply say they're willing to pay the price to eat organic.

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