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In 2008, U.S. sales of organic food and nonfood products reached $24.6 billion dollars which was 17.1 percent above the 2007 sales (Musico). Obviously, people are buying organic food for many reasons such as its advantageous economical impact, its positive, eco-friendly contributions to the environment, and its health and nutritional benefits.
In today’s economy, you can no longer buy a dozen of eggs for 67 cents, like you could in 1980 (US Census). Today, the average cost of a dozen of large non-organic eggs is $1.77 and is $4.39 for a dozen of large organic eggs (Kluger). Why would anyone want to pay an extra $2.62 for a dozen of organic eggs? Even though the cost of a dozen of organic eggs is more, it does have its economical benefits. Non-organic foods use pesticides which protect them from insects and other animals which can harm produce. In the US alone, we spend $11 billion dollars on 1.2 billion pounds of pesticides (Crinnion). Out of the 1.2 million pound of pesticides we use only 0.1 are successful in removing the pests (Crinnion). This means that our government…
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