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Cedar Circle Farm: The Cost of Conventional Food

Cedar Circle Farm: The Cost of Conventional Food

Will Allen writes on “The Real Cost of Cheap Food,” helping to unpack the term ‘conventional food'. He notes that the difference in price between organic and conventional food reflects some key product and practice differences. Conventional food, says Allen, is “grown and processed with chemical fertilizers, antibiotics, hormones, toxic pesticides, sewage sludge, irradiation and genetic manipulation." All of this places a burden on the environment and community in the form of costs that are externalized. These costs include taxpayer money for farm subsidies, healthcare costs, and environmental cleanup costs. In comparison to these external costs of conventional food, organic food emerges as a cheaper option for society.

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