Why is organic food so *#@! expensive?? | Ali Partovi | TEDxManhattan

Why is organic food so *#@! expensive?? | Ali Partovi | TEDxManhattan

Translator: Mercia Costa
Reviewer: Denise RQ I’ve invested a lot of my own money
into organic and sustainable farming, and to converting
American farmland to organic, and I’m here to dispel
some misperceptions about organic food. There is this prevailing notion that organic farming is more expensive
and less sufficient, right? And that we need industrial agriculture
and factory farms to feed the world. “Feed the world.” Well, I’m here to dissect
some of the assumptions behind that logic, and to share some information
that leads to a very different conclusion. We all know organic food is expensive. This is a fact. And it’s logical to therefore assume
that it’s for the 1%, the foodie elites, the rich people, not for ordinary people. Well, that’s actually not correct logic,
and I will show why in a second. It also leads us to assume
that if organic food is expensive, organic farming must be more expensive,
which then leads to wonder, surely, it can’t feed the world, and back to concluding
that it’s only for the 1%. Well, those assumptions
actually are wrong as well. The idea that organic food
is only for the rich, only for the 1% is a powerful one, with huge implications
on both business and policy. And we need both business innovation and policy change in this country
to support organic. Think about it, if you are
a business person or a politician, the way to be successful
is to come up with products or policies that cater not to the 1%
but to ordinary Americans. And so we need businessmen
and policy makers to recognize that organic food is not just for the 1%, it’s for everybody,
it’s for ordinary Americans. And the first step in that change
is to change that perception. So, who is buying
this expensive organic food? Who in America is buying it? According to Nielsen and NMI research, three out of every four Americans
have consciously chosen to buy organic food in the past year. Some of them might have only bought
a single organic product, but there is a subset that there are
the so-called devoted organic shoppers, that represent the vast majority of all
organic food consumption in this country. These so-called foodies are not 1%, they are 25%, one out
of every four Americans. Now let’s look at these elite foodies. What does the elite foodie look like? Two out of five of them have
an annual household income of less than 50,000 dollars. One out of five has
an annual household income of less than 30,000 dollars. These elite people are about
20% people of color, and another 15% Hispanic. Six out of ten of them shop at Walmart. How does that profile compare
to the general U.S. population? It’s exactly the same. The general U.S. population is about
two out of five income less than 50K, one out of five income less than 30K. About 20% people of color, 15% Hispanic,
and about six out of ten shop at Walmart. In every respect, the foodie elite who are buying organic
are the average ordinary American. And it’s one out of four Americans, and they’re already buying organic
in spite of how expensive it is. Just imagine how many more Americans
would be buying organic food if it wasn’t so damn expensive. Well, we actually know
some of the answers to that. Walmart asked its consumers and found that 91% of them
would be buying organic. So, why is organic food so darn expensive? It must be because organic farming
is more expensive, right? Not true; organic farming
actually saves a ton of money on a lot of very expensive inputs. Fossil fuel is expensive. Fertilizers are incredibly expensive. The chemicals, the antibiotics
that are used by factory farms. These things are very expensive. Not just their externalized costs, but their actual dollar
costs are very high. Well, so maybe organic farming saves money
but perhaps it produces less food. That’s not necessarily true either. This is not a blanket statement,
it varies by crop and region, but there are lot of ways
in which, when done right, organic sustainable farming
can produce more food. One part of that is crop
and livestock rotations, so that nutrients
are recycled into the soil. Growing multiple crops at the same time,
increasing the revenue of the land. Exploiting natural synergies. One of my favorites examples
of this is sheep and asparagus. Sheep love to graze but they do not like
the taste of asparagus. And so, when the asparagus farmer
has a weed problem, rather than spending a lot of money buying a chemical herbicide
to spray in the fields, they can invite in a sheep farmer. The sheep will clear the weeds. The sheep farmer gets free pasture
for his or her animals, and the asparagus farmer
gets free weed control. And, the sheep add fertility to the soil. You must be thinking: “Well, great, but industrial agriculture,
for all of its ills, surely at least the one thing it has
is that it’s more efficient, right?” I would say that it has
the illusion of efficiency, and it’s a short-lived one. For example, think about the topsoil. America’s topsoil, perhaps the single, greatest
national treasure this country possesses, this rich topsoil, is like a bank account
that we’re drawing on every year. Withdrawing money
and not putting it back in. That’s not efficient. It’s inefficient and unsustainable. Similarly, the way we treat nutrients. Nutrients are supposed
to come from the soil, go through the body of a plant,
into the body of an animal, and back into the soil. We all learned that in high school. And that’s not how the vast majority of
North American agriculture works today. Instead, we’re mining minerals in Morroco,
shipping them across the Atlantic, spraying them on the fields, only to have them wash off
into the waterways, and end up in dead zones,
and places like the Gulf of Mexico. That’s not efficient,
it’s incredibly wasteful. Not just ecologically, but economically. Similarly, what I said earlier
about fossil fuels, antibiotics to feed
the factory farm animals. And all of this to increase
the yield of corn and soy. Crops that humans don’t even actually eat. We’re maximizing
the yield per acre of corn and soy, yet the vast majority of American farmland
does not feed humans. It’s either used to create ethanol
or to feed livestock. About less than 10%
of the corn crop in this country actually goes to feed humans. This is the system
that is supposed to feed the world? Well, it’s actually
not feeding the world today. If you measure, the right way
to measure productivity in agriculture is not the yield of corn per acre
or soy per acre, but the yield of human food per acre. And when you measure how much
human food is produced per acre, America is not a leader. We’re not even average. We’re behind the world average, and we’re behind countries
like India and China, that are making a much better job of
feeding the world population than we are. So, if you were smart, you would realize
what’s really behind that status is the fact that these other countries
consume less meat that America does. And, so, who is going to produce all
the increasing appetite for pork in China, And surely, American industrial
agriculture and factory farms are going to step forward
to supply all the meat. Well, I’m not sure that’s true either. The leading exporter of pork
in the world today is Denmark. Denmark is a country
that has for many years banned the use of sub-therapeutic
antibiotics in livestock. One of the most disgusting and reckless
practices of American factory farms has been banned in Denmark, yet Denmark has continued to maintain
high yields and low prices for their pork, and is the number one exporter
of pork to places like China. Ironically, China has
recently banned pork imports from several U.S. pork producers
because of the use of antibiotics. The real question though is: What’s the most efficient way
to produce food if people are going to eat more meat? Well, if you look at one acre of corn, it can produce about enough corn
to feed one head of cattle. This is an approximation,
this is not very exact math. That same acre-I wouldn’t advocate
planting organic corn to feed the cattle – that same acre can produce about
enough grass to feed one head of cattle. Now, it’s not an exact math. I’m approximating, and there is a lot of other things
that change the equation. Corn is a more efficient crop
in a lot of ways. It’s a wonderful crop,
it allows for a lot more control, it has less seasonality, but it also has a lot of other costs
on the balance sheet. At the end of the day,
it’s not a slam dunk that industrial agriculture is
more efficient, even for producing meat. Now, the truly more efficient way
to feed humans is to use that land to produce crops that people eat, like fruits, vegetables, wheat or rice. But the benefit of growing
meat on pasture is at least those animals
fertilize the land, and if you do a rotation between
those animals and fruits and vegetables, you can actually produce
more off that same land. It must be about the money then, right? These so called evil corporations
like McDonald’s and Monsanto. Perhaps they are shoving
this industrial food down our throats because it’s more profitable, right? Well, that’s actually not true either. In fact, using the techniques
I just described, Farmland LP, – which I’m a very large investor in – converts farms
from conventional crops to organic, and significantly increases their profits. They’ve done a cohort analysis of farmland that they’ve been progressively
converting to organic, and in doing so, significantly
raising the income from the land, from something like 100 dollars
to 450 dollars per acre. You might think: “Well, that’s great
but perhaps it can’t scale.” Well, the answer is actually organic
and sustainable agriculture is scaling. For one thing, Chipotle, which is the closest we have
to a fast food organic company, is the single fastest growing
fast-food company of the past decade. And, more broadly, organic cropland
in the U.S. has grown tremendously, more than tripling
in less than two decades. So, organic saves money,
is less expensive, can produce as much or more food,
is more profitable, and is scaling. Then, what the… why the heck
is organic food so expensive? And the answer is because the demand
for organic food is growing even faster. That graph of organic cropland growing
is still a drop in the bucket, and it pales compared
to the surge in demand for organic sustainable food
in this country. The total amount
of organic cropland in America is about 1% of this country’s
agricultural land. The total amount
of consumption of organic food is between 4 and 5%, and that does not even
reflect the total demand. That’s how much has actually
been consumed. One out of every four Americans
is a devoted organic shopper, and 91% of Walmart customers say they would be interested
in buying organic food. The demand that we need
to satisfy is not just that 5%. But you might wonder
where is that 4 or 5% of organic food coming from
if not from our cropland? It’s being imported. And where is organic food
growing on this planet? In developing countries. 80% of the certified organic farmers
are in developing countries. The country with the most
organic farmers is actually India. So, the poor countries
of the world are feeding the food that the majority
of want to eat. So, I think America should stop worrying
so much about feeding the world, and focus a little bit more
on feeding itself. The solution to this
is actually relatively simple. We need organic sustainably
managed cropland in this country to increase dramatically,
to catch up with the enormous demand. I put my own money where my mouth is, and I’ve invested a lot of money
in Farmland LP as I mentioned, which is converting land to organic, and I think we need both policy change,
and more business innovation to accelerate the expansion of sustainable
organic agriculture in America. Thanks very much. (Applause)

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100 thoughts on “Why is organic food so *#@! expensive?? | Ali Partovi | TEDxManhattan

  1. so the attempt to reduce carbon emmissions by using biofuels is causing land to be allocated to growing corn rather than organic foods..or did i misunderstand that part of his message?..

  2. Haha, Growing organic is expensive, visit Sikkim to understand the dynamics of organic farming. The produce is very less and small compared to inorganically grown food. I live in a village and I know how difficult it is to grow organic. From manure making, to collecting urine from the milking cows in a tank and then treating it with wild herbs and flowers, that we have never understood the value of, for making organic pesticide and fertilizer takes good amount of time and patience. The smell of urine is so pungent and strong, if you come here to work as a farmer does you'll surely faint buddy. It is not only this much, Organic farming needs much care and patience compared to methods using fertilisers that comes in packets. Organic farming is all about skill and patience. There is lot lot lot lot more to organic farming.
    This talk doesn't have an indepth understanding of organic farming, it's superficial just on a supermarket level.
    Giving example of sheep's clearing the asparagus farm from weeds was just so funny. Sheep's and goats are highly experimental animals, the don't leave anything on their way, they nibble everything whether they like it or not. And to top it up, once they nibble something it never grows back well again, I bet you on this. Ask a goat herder or a farmer in a typical village for the right info. It's easy said than done.
    There is very little knowledge of the dynamics of organic farming in this Ted talk.

  3. Thank You.  I am one of those average ordinary Americans.  I dedicate a large % of my income to the added costs of buying organic. I do with out other conveniences and new clothing. I consider my fellow working man.  I do not want to be responsible for the people working the toxic conventional farm.  I do not want to be responsible for polluting water that is consumed by families living downstream.  I do not want to be responsible for the pesticide nano particulate in the dust,  The cancer levels of the people living near factories producing pesticides, fertilizers .etc. etc.  People really need to know that the effects of their consumerism ride of the backs of people just like them

  4. did i miss something? does he explain why they choose non-organic methods if organic is just as cost effective, efficient, etc? why isnt everyone switching?

  5. The cost of an organic certification is not cost effective for most small farmers. It is very expensive. It's about the money.

  6. I am polish biologishan. I want a job in America. I saw the denmark poducers of swine. The have more marsa than ever and use anthybiotics alot too. Please don't lie.I want to challange you in your "research".Chiptle will not feed the world.In Germany organic bred costs 15 euro about 17 [email protected]

  7. 1% in a high demand nation = higher prices. Some organic crops/animals also can take less time for the result to come than crops/animals with chemicals/pesticides = $ faster.

  8. I'm all for organic farming, but this guy would get killed in a debate with anyone who truly knew the science and economics. Organics still routinely buy patented seeds (organic seed inventors use mutagenesis to alter seeds and the process is still costly and so are the seeds). They also buy pesticides like rotenone or pyrethrums which are as safe as conventional pesticides but like conventional ones, they do have real dangers–just not ones it's worth worrying about since your odds of them hurting you are fantastically lower than they would be just driving in a car. And when he talks about only the 1% affording it, and he talks about the other 99% he's still elitist. He just uses North America. Organic couldn't even solve the ring spot virus in Hawaii, and it certainly can't resolve issues with pests in Africa. We spend less than 10% of our salaries on food and they spend over 40%. There's not much profit in making banana seeds because those are trees and not yearly plants, so no company is interested because you only sell them once, so Africa has set up its own genetic engineering labs and they've developed their own banana that won't die before harvest and that will lower prices. Both systems have things to offer, but for organic to pretend it could replace conventional rather than work alongside it is ridiculously naive. For those of us who can afford to buy it, great. But conventional grows 98% of the food eaten around the world, so clearly its necessary.

  9. but organic food is more expensive because u cant use herbacides or pestacides u lose roughly 10-20% of your crop which doesnt seem like much till you realize 10% of your income is alot

  10. I'm an organic farmer in Tennessee and I'm bringing change to this area on this very topic! I was trying to set up an account at Whole Foods in Chattanooga to sell my organic shitake mushrooms. They offered me .50 more per pound because I was organic however they were charging the public 3 dollars more per pound. The farmer does not receive the premium for being organic. It costs me a lot less because I don't use chemical fertilizers or pesticides. I am currently selling my organic produce for the same price that Walmart gets for their conventional produce! We're also putting together a co-op of farmers so that everyone can afford top quality organic produce. I currently have 2 farms from Kentucky that are joining us to create change in their state! Change is coming!

  11. dont want to shatter your dreams but there is no organic food they all use pesticides in 2008 uk organic farmers were permitted to use 4 natural pesticides and in only 9 years that as now jumped to 15 pesticides so i dread to think how many are use in the usa ,lets get one thing clean look up organic farming in the dictionary here what you will find……..(of food or farming methods) produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial chemicals.
    "organic farming"
    synonyms: pesticide-free, additive-free, chemical-free, non-chemical, natural
    "organic vegetables"
    so yes why is organic food so expensive

  12. This is a bunch of false facts. Not demising Organic farming but yields are never "higher" than conventional cropping systems and if you actually do the math the correct way then 1 acre of conventional corn can produce 25 tons of forage for livestock for dairy or 200 bushels for swine. take that to how much that feeds then its exponentially higher than his logic.. again im not demising organic farming and have interest in it but this is just false all around.

  13. I like many things here, but one thing he leaves out is that the conventional food people consume is cheaper in the store because farmers are subsidizing your purchases, (net result = market prices + subsidies).  And it's destroying farms, destroying sustainability, making it harder to convert to organic.  You should eat organic, because it puts you on less welfare.  Another point is that the reason corporate buyers of farm products like to emphasize "feeding the world" is that it supports the overproduction that results in the cheap prices that destroy organic diversity, (as most farms have lost livestock, and therefore lost the most sustainable "resource conserving" crop rotations, (which involve animal foods like alfalfa, clover, grass, oats, and barley).  Overproduction, in turn, is what starves the world, as 80% of the "undernourished" are rural, mostly farmers (or otherwise dependent upon a farm economy).  The goal instead must be to "pay the world," starting with he world's farmers.

  14. The equation is dollars spent per gram of real nutrition, all else is not a consideration. Modern ag, big ag, food is not fit to eat!

  15. organic food is is more expensive because the government only subsidies gmo corn, and buys millions of pounds of unwanted fast food that would of otherwise been thrown away, and then promptly throughs it away, and organic food tends to not underpay and exploit to the highest degree their workers.
    its not just demand, its that the economy is artificially manipulated by big ag. there is also a problem with self regulation.

  16. Organic purchases, by sales dollars are around 4%, by actual amount of food, 2%. those 25% dedicated organic food shoppers must still be buying conventional most of the time, or they are starving to death.

    If Organic farming farming is not more expensive then where are those extra dollars going to? Who is getting rich on organic at the expense of family food budgets?

    Time and again, Organic produces 25 to 40% less per acre than conventional, and that's with the fixed N inputs from conventional into organic via manure. You speak of the nutrient cycle, soil -> crop -> animal -> soil but you ignore the significant losses of such nutrients, such as oxidation of fixed N, runoff losses into the oceans (yes even all natural nutrients run off).

  17. Hmmm.  Last year I spent $1500 on ten tons of compost – two deliveries.  I recently priced a 50 lb bag of urea nitrogen , $17.  I could have gotten by last year with less than $100 worth of chemicals.  I grow organically hence I do not use herbicides, weeding is very expensive, it takes time (which is priceless).  Neem oil – expensive vs chemical insecticides. Add to this the price of seeds, greenhouse plastic, hand tools, etc.  After all the expenditures people actually get pissed off because I charge $3 per pound for tomatoes! – why? because Walmart sells tomatoes for $1.50

  18. Interesting no mention of govt. subsidies for key inputs into many farms… fuel, chemicals, seed. If you don't subsidies non renewable farming then the market and nature will decide for us?

  19. a simple calculator can tell you that bulk growing is more profitable. but there is a huge cost difference in labor. what is best for the land is normally not the most profitable as well. But makes it sustainable, one reasons why farmers don't rotate there cattle into there hay fields is the manure gets into the hay before it can break down as well as the output of cost of fencing and plumbing. Ali puts a good presentation together but it's not completely accurate.

  20. 90% of my food intake is organic. I eat some cheese, some poultry, but mostly tree seeds, veggies, corn tortillas, but no wheat. I have maintained a level weight for ten years now just changing my diet, and stop eating those overly processed, filled, food that only adds to the problems we have had for decades.

  21. In my opinion it's because the demand is still higher than the supply. We buy organic most of the time because we prioritize it (we don't eat out much and we cook more at home). The supply is getting better with time and so the prices.

  22. Organic farming has 30-50% fewer yields that conventional food and it is NOT in ANY way "healthier" for you. It says on the FSA website that organic produce is not healthier. As a matter of fact organic pesticides have to be used more often, in greater concentrations and in larger amounts and are actually worse for the environment and your health. I used to go to the Glass house college and they were 100% organic and their food was the WORST food EVER. Their food was SO bad, I once went for 5 days eating absolutely NOTHING, it was that bad.

  23. There are no organic foods it a myth, all food including organic use pesticides in one form or another which to me is fraudulent claims as the English dictionary definition of organic is NO PESTICIDES OR ANY Chemicals end of you cannot read it any other way . Over the years I have spent thousands of extra money buying what I thought was naturally grown organic food only to find in the UK there use 15 approved pesticides . I feel robbed but so angry so believe me there is no organic food out there folks

  24. Not India , America is the poor country in every terms.
    The future of usa is not so bright it's gonna go to a pit.
    America is bull***t, the so called rich country.

  25. It is amusing that the pesticides conventional farmers use are organic molecules that degrade fairly quickly, but many pesticides used by organic farmers (iron sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate) are inorganic molecules and could be in the environment for years. (But don’t worry, they won’t harm you. Unlike organic fanatics, I’ll be honest about the real risks involved.) I believe that organic crop production rules also allow the use of nicotine-insecticides, which are organic molecules. That's like forcing cute innocent insects to smoke

  26. This guy obviously has no knowledge of agriculture and farming!!!!  Unfortunately, this is not the first ridiculous video I've seen on TEDx.

  27. This guy is a genius. I learnes in my universoty studying holistic medicine, that the food produced in farms, can feed 12 billions.. that means we don't need industrial foods

  28. Is that why the same company that pays him to blow smoke reversed 3000 acres of transitioning land back to conventional because they couldn't produce enough to make profit on sales vs labor

  29. All very good points; but left out the most important point. The organic farms that have a higher yield and more profit than conventional are the ones that use intercropping and cover cropping instead of composting for nutrients. The latest studies show this and yet so many organic farmers insist on composting instead of intercropping and cover cropping. Composting is by far the most expensive method of obtaining nutrients.

  30. It's not that organic food is more expensive its that junk food is sooop cheap like seriously a £1 burger I wish it was the other way round.

  31. Organic food is more expensive so the poor cannot buy them. This means the poorer are less healthy and as a result die younger. This leaves the more wealthy who bring money to the government to live longer, meaning the government gets more money. Simple. Its a way of killing off the poor. It is part of the new world order people. Open your eyes.

  32. I am trying to eat organic food because organic food is NON GMO.
    GMO foods gives me health problems( indigestion, constipation etc..)
    I am not 1% or rich but it seemed I have no choice but to buy organic foods.

  33. Thanks for enlightenment. I have been using "muscle testing" aka muscle response testing aka energy testing via Touch for Health. No batteries required. Just an open mind, couple of self calibrations and good to go. Seems that every person's body-self wants/needs/ requires supplements only 5 or 6 days a week. And a day or 2 to purge the excess. Also interesting was that the healthier younger happier folks can eat more variety. When I tested these same foods on someone who had been sick, now well, the foods that the body-self requires is more limited. Example- positive only for pasture raised chicken or beef, organic broccoli or vegs grown naturally in smaller local farms (not labeled organic because the farmer could not afford USDA fees) or grocer items not labeled organic but muscle tested natural Org sustainable healthy. Nosh?
    Anyone interested in energy+self compatibility testing? Not a fanatic just fun for you & friends to try even blindfolded and discover how accurate your body-self-auto-pilot is when we set our judgment-belief-ego-brrains aside.

    Caution you must calibrate for polarity and psychological reversal, especially when this body response is "weak" "negative" etc to "I want to be healthy." Seems people on self abuse respond neg to healthy. Positive to I want to be sick.
    No worry. This is all hoodoo voodoo yoodoo as is anything by those who are paid money by big Bro to discredit it. It being your intelligent healthy body-self -gut with its galaxy of 300+T gut biome + 100 T cell u r + 20B gray matter neurons and its massive communications systems of neural wiring, rivers roads and rails that you have to feed and keep chugging.. on a 99 yr lease…

  34. I'm considered crunchy, but to compare food production in China isn't really a good metric. They turn plastic into rice and pass it off as food.

  35. I heard of a farmer growing cattle. Spent a ton of money on irrigation for the grass. All I could think was, like someone leaving a Moyle, you're missing the point.

  36. The root cause of expensive is brand name(Organic Certification),beaurocratic inspection,tariffs or other hidden reason. Demand/Supply is mostly excuse made by suppliers. Supplier always wanna jacked up the prices wether its organic or gmo. When hurricane hits ur state s, you will know it surely. Goodluck.


  38. This guy is a shill for the organic food industry….I worked on organic farms……the pesticides we used are way worse…copper sulfate even killed the bees…..NEVER buy organic..plant a garden

  39. Please don't conflate organic with sustainable. It may have some useful features but it strictly adhering to what is perceived as more natural is not a good way to achieve sustainability. Organic pesticides are often worse than inorganic ones and obstinate on areas like GMOrganisms is foolish. Take the good features and discard the rest, it's not an all or nothing deal.

  40. You know what would be even better for the food system around the world. Eating local. Disbanding grocery chains, getting those who worked in grocery stores to work in the farm fields. Using our subsidy dollars to not fund animal agriculture/factory farming.Getting rid of fast food/proccessed food items from the shelves of stores. Making restaurant culture a culture based around whole food nutrient dense items. This would directly impact the poverty cycle. It would give north americans the needed push to lose weight, get off blood pressure medications, reduce health care debt in the U.S. We would then have extra labour available in our own country to build affordable housing. We would all do better as a whole continent. Then it can affect the entire planet.

  41. This was a brilliant TEDTalk. Most people are befuddled by the cost of organic goods. I happen to be one of those people who eats organic as much as possible and I get questioned by friends and associates about my decision. This has given me the tools to convince intelligently about the costs.

  42. “ Still no model facts on the best true soil certified for self planting. On Hands with true knowledge.

  43. India should ban all vegetables dipped in colour it's not good for health it gives India a bad name world wide corruption is a backward journey and not a a way to planet Mars , India has to prepare a way to show the world that good ways are possible it's called halal living , organic milky way standard it's starts at home grounds, If Ghandi can drive out oppressors out of India so can India drive out devil's within

  44. 2019 and China just bought Smith foods, largest pork producer in the United States is now owned by China.

  45. This video is full of useless and misleading facts. I dont even know where to begin to debunk. Ali should stick to programming and coding instead of trying to be a biotechnology expert.

  46. Wow! A notion??? A perception? No wonder people think YOU are elitist. I don't know where you get YOUR notions from, but let me clue you in to the reality of food shopping by the poor. I live on a disability check of about $850. A month. I have had cancer twice and am in poor health due to active Lyme disease. I know how critical it is to eat as healthy as possible. I spend more money on food than I do on rent and utilities combined. Where I live, a pint of organic blueberries costs between 7 and 8 dollars, and is often half mouldy. Organic peaches are practically non existent, and when they are available cost about 2 dollars each. One head of lettuce is $5. Celery is $5. Tomatoes are worth their weight in gold. Every time I go shopping, I leave in tears and frustration, mostly with unhealthy but filling items, and wait for the next illness to appear. There are no justifications as to why the prices are unaffordable that can help me to eat healthy, it's just a fact of life for me and millions like me. The truth is that it IS unaffordable, and you are clueless.

  47. anyone new to farming should learn about Bio-dynamic farming….once you have a calendar for your area,its a very simple way for someone to know what to do and when to do it.Even if you dont have animals….

  48. Question…do you atill need manure if you first plant notrogen fixing crops like potatos and peanuts? Is there enough time foe multiple crops? I am obviously n o t a farmer

  49. Hello Mr Partovi, you are right in most of the part
    But sadest news is Indian farmers are now more inclined towards chemical fertilisers & chemical pesticides. This is causing damage for the top soil & microbes…

    I am from an Indian village & witnessing the pathetic change happening…
    Few of my friends & I satrted working with farmers to nake them go back to Organic ( we call it Natural farming 🙂).

    We are a group of software engineers working for this cause.. May be I am going to quit the software job in next 2-3 yrs & will permanently work with farmers to stop this killing chemical fertilizer based farming.

    P.s- every citizen should move toward backyard / rooftop farming to produce organic veggies…

  50. I still am struggling with wrapping my head around this. The organic movement started around the 40's where people wanted to move away from synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.
    GMOs hadn't entered the scene until 1994, which is 25 years ago. Information on ethical, environmental and economical impacts of commercial farming has been out there for a long time.
    So why on earth would the US continue pushing commercial agriculture on us? They're also leading the research on said crops. The testing they've done on chemicals shows that they are far below the EPA restrictions. Various other studies show risk factors on things like glyphosate (which isn't regulated), although there isn't enough conclusive evidence to make it a concern to public safety. More than 90% of grocery stores contain "non-organic" food. When supply and demand comes to mind, it's also hard for me to imagine 1/4 of Americans are solely organic shoppers.
    The proposed statistics in this video just don't add up, unless the government is intentionally trying to sabotage itself. We should just ban GMOs like France did. Europe is way ahead of the USA.

  51. very nice rendition of organic realities. Good placed statistics and well identified that my country INDIA is feeding the world on exact terms and text.
    im studying heavily about organic farming and agriculture in INDIA by my interest developed in this arena now.

    very apt seminar now i got on youtube of urs and find it useful approach.
    nice words about organic farming, essential awakening is necessary.
    thanku ali

  52. I agree with a lot of what is said in the presentation, except the part as to WHY? Organic food is so expensive compared to the chemical filled gmo bullsh*t they want the public to consume, because its NOT ABOUT MONEY, its about CONTROL of the population at large, and one way to achieve power and control of people or a group of people is thru control and manipulation of the food and food supply. They are actually losing money by farming and supplying the population with food under the current system, it can be done cheaper by moving to an organic system, think about this…..

  53. This is why… Bernie Sanders must be our next president!!!👓👓👓👓👓👓👓❤️👓❤️👓❤️👓❤️👓❤️

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