- Sustainable farming practices
- Better prices for produce
- Managing seeds & nutrients
- Protecting from natural losses
Sustainability is a concept with different aspects or facets, like –
Economic Sustainability – It should be a profitable business that contributes to a robust economy
Organic farming consists of various factors on which its profits depend, like crop yields; labour costs, price premiums of organic products, and costs of using non-renewable resources and purchased inputs. Cost-benefit analyses that incorporated all of these factors, have concluded that organic agriculture is more profitable than conventional agriculture, making it more sustainable economically.
With growing consumer demand due to health as well as environmental concerns and benefits, reports suggest that even if price premiums decrease for any reason, organic agriculture will be able to keep its competitive edge due to consumer demand, as the sales continue to grow.
Better prices for organic produce
With more and more people trying to eat healthy and choose organic food over commercial, the organic food industry has now been gaining more demand. According to a survey, many consumers said that they would likely buy more organic food for the health benefits, if only it weren't so expensive!
The happy news is that organic food is not actually “so expensive”. Recently, a price study was conducted to compare the costs of certified organic goods like fruits and vegetables, poultry, milk, and other edibles, to their conventional counterparts at different national, regional, and online grocers. It was found from this that on an average, organic foods were around 40% percent more expensive, but the range was huge.
While some products costed more than their conventional counterparts, some were found to be cheaper by up to 15%. Up to a few years ago, the average, middle class person could not really think about buying organic foods on a regular basis. This isn’t the case anymore – as reports suggest that more and more people of all income groups now are able to afford organic food and are choosing to buy it.
Prices of organic products are beginning to fall, because the demand is rising now, as the health benefits of these are being widely realized. Organic farmers are slowly beginning to get their due because of the growing demand and able to provide better and more produce for better prices.
The farther a product comes from, the costlier it will be - when you consider the cost of shipping produce across the country and all the middle-men involved in the process, it only makes sense that something produced locally will be cheaper. It’s much more economical to buy food when it’s in season and there is ample supply.
Eating local can help you steer clear of unnecessary costs. Along with that, some smart planning and commitment to eating healthy organic food can help you afford all foods organic – in other words – food products that are pure, healthier and safe. Other things which you can do are focus on priority foods – the foods which you consume more on a daily basis should be turned to organic first – cereals, pulses, oils and so on. This is bound to have a quicker positive effect on your family’s overall health.
We at Daisika work with some organic farmers who help us get fresh organic products straight from the farm, which are packed in eco-friendly and non-commercial packaging, to reduce the costs of our organic supplies even further.
So, buying organic does not mean you have to burn a hole in your wallet each time you set out to buy groceries. It may take some extra planning and commitment, and also choosing the right brand but considering all the benefits of organic food, it is well worth the extra effort. Daisika has hence been able to get organic food products for better prices working directly with organic farmers who practise safe and sustainable farming practices.
Consider these options, shop smart and insist on organic! And subscribe to Daisika Organics so we can help you eat organic on a budget and live a healthier life.
Social Sustainability – The method should favour and work well with the farmers in long term as well as short term and be able to establish/maintain a mutually beneficial relationship within their communities.
Among organic farmers, this has been successful as the community of organic farmers is generally smaller and hence the support among them and their supporters (like Daisika) is strong and has largely helped in maintaining and carrying forward these trends which are beneficial to the planet as well as its livestock.
Environmental Sustainability – this is the most important aspect. Environmental sustainability in agriculture depends on proper availability of the natural resources and systems that organic farmers rely on, like - Maintaining soil health, managing and utilizing water carefully, minimizing pollution (of air, water, soil, climate).
Organic farming is also devoid of practices that can cause long-term damage to soil, including excessive tillage (could lead to erosion) and excessive irrigation in dry climates, with heavy soils, which causes salt accumulation (as they are not washed out due to absence of rainfall). Such practices enrich the soil with characteristics that are essential to environmental sustainability. So, this is a method that is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable.
And for this reason, we believe that organic farmers need to be supported by more and more people, so that the industry grows.
Daisika has been supporting many organic farmers with outreach and education to help them make effective use of the science, and help them get good prices for their organic and nutrient rich cereals, pulses, spices, oils seeds etc that they produce. So when you buy your groceries from Daisika you are supporting a large number of organic farmers who have helped bring these to our stores and eventually to your plates.