Joanna Ahn Ana Krykun Darius Turenne Food is good! Food System Quantitative Inquiry
Organic or Not? Check the Label • 100 percent organic. To use this phrase, products must be either completely organic or made of all organic ingredients. • Organic. Products must be at least 95 percent organic to use this term. • <70% organic ingredients –can’t use the seal. • Products certified 95 percent or more organic display this USDA seal. www.usda.gov
Why ORGANIC? • Pesticides – lower pesticide residues. • Food Additives- ban or restriction of preservatives, artificial sweeteners, colorings and flavorings. • Environment- reduction of pollution & soil quality. • Taste- since grown more “naturally”
Cost is the concern The reasons: • Higher animal welfare standards • Restricted use of chemicals, leading to lower yields. • No subsidies from the government. www.rsc.org
Investigation Our research question: What is the average cost of switching a “typical” diet from non-organic to organic? • Breakfast: Yogurt, Milk and Cereal • Lunch: Soup and Salad (olive oil, tomatoes, spinach) • Dinner: Spaghetti with Chicken drumsticks
Difference: The cost of organic milk is $0.44 more expensive than that of non-organic milk, on average.
It’s Not breakfast without Cereal! Organic cereals are $0.11 more expensive than non-organic cereals.
Soup Organic soup is $0.41 more expensive than non-organic soup.
Olive Oil Organic olive oil is $3.49 more expensive than conventional olive oil.
Tomatoes Organic tomatoes are $1.20 more expensive than non-organic tomatoes.
Spinach Organic spinach is $2.70 more expensive than non-organic spinach
Spaghetti Noodles Organic spaghetti noodles are $0.29 more expensive per pound than non-organic spaghetti noodles
Spaghetti Sauce Spaghetti Sauce (24 oz) Price in dollars On average, organic spaghetti sauce is $0.60 more expensive than non-organic spaghetti sauce.
Drumsticks (Chicken) Price in dollars Organic drumsticks (chicken) are $3.60 more expensive than non-organic drumsticks.
Overall Cost DifferenceORGANIC vs. NON-ORGANIC A “typical” organic diet will cost you $13.00 more, or 68% more than a “typical” non-organic diet.
Conclusion ORGANIC vs. NON-ORGANIC • When purchasing non-organic food, you are in fact paying threefold: • once at the counter • via taxation (which support non-organic farmers) • Remedy for environmental pollution • With organic development and technological advancement, the we expected for organic food’s: • Yields to increase • Cost to decrease • Production costs to decrease