It used to be super markets would make money off of non food items; kleenex, can openers, otc medicines, batteries, shampoos etc. Nowadays, with stores like Target, Walmart and the infamous $0.99 stores it has become increasingly difficult for these big chains to stay profitable.
Enter "organic" foods; for the last 8 years or so, purveyers of organic fruits, vegitables and meats, stores such as Pavillions and whole foods have been charging people 50-150% more just because some lable o their product says its organic.
Organic New York stake is $24.99/lb whereas non organic is $16.99/lb. Organic basil is $3.99 a bunch whereas you can buy Basil at Elaat Market in LA for $0.79 a bunch. The list goes on. Organic free range eggs are $4.99/dz instead of $2.69/dz for normal free range eggs.
These days, the organic craze is not limited to likes of Pavillion. Chains like Ralphs, Safeway and Albertsons are pushing organic everything. But no one knows where this damn organic crap is coming from. There are no real government regulations, no oversight by agencies like FDA. I say its organic therefore its organic.
The same farms that sell 100 tons of lettuce or tomatoes a month, set aside 10% of their production, lable it as organic and sell it at the highest price they can get.
Next time you spend your hard earned cash on organic stuff, ask yourself this question; How do I really know if this thing is organic?
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