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Organic Food Delivery

Updated on June 25, 2010

Organic food, which typically costs 10 to 40% more than similar conventionally produced products, is more expensive than conventional food and therefore priced too steeply to be generally affordable to lower income people. Compared to their conventional counterparts, the price is almost always much higher for Organic Food. Delivery of organic produce may need to be milled or processed and is produced on a smaller scale, therefore the elements of the economies of scale are not present to the same degree as conventional foods.

Organic Food Delivery to the general retail channel is considerably pricier at every step along the line. It was found in a study done in Australia by Choice magazine in 2004 that processed organic foods prove to be an average of almost 70% more expensive in supermarkets, but it is noted that this was not a consistent finding. Products such as jams are very competitive regardless of organic source, but chocolate can be twice as expensive when it is Organic Food. Delivery costs to the supermarkets have to be minimized in order to bring these foods into affordability indices.

Considered a recent phenomenon, modern agriculture utilizes intensive farming methods, large amounts of artificial chemical inputs, and monocultures. Truthfully, one could debate that "organic farming" would be considered to consist of almost the entire history of agriculture up until a few decades ago when the invasion of chemicals onto the world's agriculture began in earnest. Organic Food Delivery to the public was commonplace to earlier generations but it has become much more complicated in the modern day with the explosion of population in urban centers far from the food producing areas, requiring extensive infrastructures for Organic Food Delivery.

When farmers rejected the use of conventional pesticide and herbicide laden farming practices, this was the key moment started what was at first a relatively small movement of Organic Food Delivery directly to the public. The considerable benefits of Organic Foods were once restricted to word of mouth, but the subject matter has been drawing ever greater amounts of media coverage. Organic advocacy agencies have sprung up all over the country and around the world to spread the word about the benefits of Organic Foods. Almost all international major food and beverage conglomerates have moved rapidly to purchase stakes in the producers of both processed and fresh Organic Food products to implement in their general product line to appeal to the Organic Food consumer. It was inevitable that Organic Food Delivery would follow.

Many multinational food corporations have moved into this market since the market share of organic food is growing at a rate which is clearly outpacing the majority of the food industry as a whole. Organic Food Delivery has become a critical factor to these multinationals as the provision of organics needs to take greater steps to ensure freshness and wholeness. Organic Food Delivery thus has to be considerably faster than conventional food delivery as there is a much greater chance of spoilage whenever any company is involved with Organic Food Delivery to the public.


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