In this article, we introduced you to the world of “organic”. Here, I’d like to ponder on why “organic” seems to be popular only in some parts of the world.
The biggest and the most important reason “organic” does not widely spread around the world is in its “cost”. Cost of labor, cost of time, cost of production….growing and raising goods locally is a very good idea, but we can’t have everything from the local suppliers because some products can’t be naturally collected in some parts of the world. People who buy organic stuff are a few. The demand is not as high as other cheap products that are intended for mass-production. Hypoallergenic products aren’t made for the general public, you know. They are made for people who already have allergies. That’s why the limited production raises the price of organic things. Because organic products tend to be 2-5 times more expensive than non-organic products, it is almost impossible for a normal person to substitute everything for an organic alternative. Thus the price never goes down.
Now, there is also a big problem on the access to organic stuff and the overall lack of information. You may want to buy organic goods but you may not have a store that sells organic products near you. Some people don’t even know there is an alternative, organic version of what they usually buy. (Rare in the US, as almost everything is organic there)
Not having a store nearby can be solved by online shopping, but how about groceries and daily household goods? You can’t wait till they arrive at your doorstep. And I agree with the occasional inconvenience of wanting something organic and not having it immediately.
There are people, as I mentioned above, who just don’t know anything about organic and who don’t even feel like buying it. To people who have a very unhealthy way of living, it doesn’t really occur to buy something “organic”. Why bother? They may say.
And that’s the exact attitude that I want those people to change. I fully understand the global trend of vegan memes and the annoyance of the vegan people. And I fully understand that same thing may happen with organic freaks. I feel sad when I see people who don’t even care about their surroundings, family, their own health and the future of our earth, ironically on which they live.
The largest and the most significant reason that “organic” doesn’t go popular in the world is in its “inconvenience”. Local production for local consumption, the process of getting certified as “organic”, the inconvenience of the logistics and production (to maintain freshness without using any chemicals) and so on is a major work for corporations. And even if you put much money in the production of organic food, the return would be so little.
Having an access to affordable, organic products is nearly impossible. Our society thrives relying on major corporations and to business in general. Unless they change their attitude, what is distributed in the society would never change either. That’s why it is “inconvenient” to go organic.
Click here for the Part.3 of What It Means to Be Organic.