Its been a while since I blogged about anything, but I’m finally back with the topic that has been on my mind for a while. The price of all things Organic, especially skincare. Don’t get me wrong, I love Organic skincare but the truth is most of the time for me they are out of my price range. Am I talking about every company that makes Organic products? No, but I am talking about a big majority of them. For example. A new toner from an Organic company that I love came out recently and I really wanted to give it a go, but at $28.00 for only 4oz. I had to say no. Why? Well that just doesn’t fit into my budget. I mean I can purchase a 16oz.toner that is all natural for $4.69. No it’s not Organic, but it is all natural which to me is really wonderful. Do you see where I’m going? So I did a little bit of research to find out just what it is that keeps them out of my grasp. What I found were 10 facts from Fox News that helped me to understand but at the same time also left me a little confused at the same time. Here’s a little story to help you understand my confusion before we get to the 10 facts.
Before you read any further remember that these opinions are my own and I did not issue them to ruffle feathers or try to get you to jump on my bandwagon. Every one has their own right to their opinions so if at anytime mine start bothering you just stop reading. I won’t be offended as being different with different opinions is what makes us individuals. Plus I’ll still love you the same.
When I was young my grandfather had a garden. A garden where he did not use pesticides, fertilizers, or any type of growth hormones. He irrigated water from the creek on his land that came straight down from the mountain where he lived to water his garden. I guess you could say he was growing Organic. He just called it gardening the way it had been passed down through the generations. Which is the way that I look at it because years and years ago people had no resource for pesticides or fertilizers. They had to rely on what nature provided for them to utilize plus their own ingenuity. Every year that garden planting came around my Grandfather planted one end of his field with the crops he wanted to grow, and the opposite end with clover. When I asked my Dad why he did this he explained that by planting the clover, the soil would be richer the next year. As the soil was turned over the clover would enrich the soil giving it nutrients needed for a planting when the time came. He also used pie pans tied to tomatoes stakes to keep birds away from his crops, and he also wrapped twine around bean stakes a certain way to keep worms and such for climbing up and nibbling away potential blooms or new growth. He also had apple trees that grew the sweetest, biggest apples that grew just the way nature intended. By what the earth had to give it and nothing else added.
Now after reading this you will understand where I am a bit confused, and at the end I’m going to tell you what my Grandfather’s profession was so you can understand just how much money he had to put into his crops. Now it’s time for the 10 facts that I found and don’t forget that they all come from the same source listed above Fox News
1. No Chemicals More Labor
Without pesticides or weed killer used hand weeding, clean up of polutted water and remediation relies on more hands on deck to see it done. In other words more hands have to be hired to get this done. My thoughts on this are size size size! Start off small and work your way up so this is just a factor in payroll.
2.Demand Overwhelms Supply
Organic food is on the rise, but Organic farms produce less. Without their use of fertilizer their crops grow slower and are often smaller in size. My thoughts on this are there are ways to accomplish this but that gets covered in #3.
3.Higher Cost Of Fertilizer For Organic Crops
Organic Crops use compost or manure for their fertilizer. Shipping said manure can cost cost cost. My thoughts get some cows! If you have you’re own grass fed no hormone cows grazing around then you have the manure. Plant a field out of what it is they need to eat, and you’re feeding them too! If you’re land is Organic then let them eat off that.
4. Crop Rotation
Rotating Fields to keep the soil healthy with cover crops which add nitrogen to the soil to benefit succeeding crops is a big need. Unfortunately some farms just don’t have the size for that. My thoughts on this are simple. If you are planning on growing crops to be sold at market then you need to start out with a large area to work in. If this is too expensive then this dream needs to be put on hold until it can become a reality.
5. Post Harvest Handling Cost
Keeping Organic produce separated from conventional produce is key and when Organic farms are farther from major cities this can be very expensive when shipping. My thoughts are supply locally until you can manage to ship your produce without breaking the bank. After all you do want people to have your food right.
Organic farms are required to pay an annual ispection/ceetification fee which starts at $400 and goes to $2,000 a year. Depending on the size of the operation, and machine modification if needed can make this a hefty price to pay. My thoughts on this are, well size is bigger is better is not always good. Holding Organic standards are very high and although I don’t quite believe this should be as high a charge as it is, I do understand being certified is important. I feel for them on this one.
7.Cost of Covering Higher Loss
With no pesticides used crops get lost more often and without chemical preservatives added produce doesn’t last as long. My thoughts are that there has to be a way to protect those crops as people like my Grandfather and those before him used. Maybe they just haven’t found those ways yet.
8.Better Living Conditions For Livestock
Higher Standards for animal welfare also means more cost. Organic feed can cost twice as much as conventional feed. My thoughts are either grow your own animal feed or partner with an Organic farm that raises cows and barter barter barter! Help each other out.
9.Organic Food Grows More Slowly
It takes more time to grow crops without the added growth hormone. My thoughts on this are that my Grandfather’s garden was always bountiful with regular sized produce. His tomatoes were often bigger than a grown man’s hands! Getting gardens to grow naturally without added hormones and such can be done. Some of this may be about location or possibly the size of the plants coming from the seeds they started from.
Production orientated subsidies reduce the overall cost of crops. In 2008 mandatory spend for subsidies was 7.5 billion for conventional farms and Organic and local farms only received $15 million. My thoughts on this are politics are never ever fare. In my opinion it’s the big man holding the little man down so he can keep on climbing. On this my heart does break for them because they have been shafted!
Now that we have made it through all my story growing up and all 10 reasons maybe you can see my confusion. While there is a part of me that really feels bad for Organic farming there is also a part of me that wants to yell at the too pull gardening history to get some much needed help! Pesticides and fertilizers did not always play a part in farming and that is what they need to reach for. And by the way my Grandfather was a preacher that often got paid with food and wares because people did not have the money to pay him. He also raised 7 kids!
Now where does this come into play of Organic skincare you ask? Well simply said the Organic skincare companies have to get their ingredients from Organic sources. When they have to pay large amounts for their ingredients it can cause some of them to raise those product prices. While I understand this I also understand that unless a Organic skincare product has a big stretch of lasting then it will have to stay a dream and not a reality for me.
Vegan, all natural, and cruelty free companies usually have more budget friendly products for me, and with some more careful research I will find more Organic companies that will fall in line with my budget as well. I already have one Organic company that I love because their products go to get lengths for skincare plus they stretch making them worth every penny. In fact I’ll have to do a post on them soon so you can find out all about them.
I can’t wait to share more with you soon, and thanks for letting me get this issue out of my head! Until next time don’t forget to stay sweet!!