More parents are buying organic produce, with health of their children out-weighing the cost of these foods.
A recent survey by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) shows more American parents are buying organic produce even though it is generally more expensive.
It is very likely that this produce has been shipped from Australia, with organic meat and produce export to America growing steadily to meet demand.
The 2014 survey that looked at over 1,200 households with children under 18, found 51 per cent of parents said organic products were too expensive, and that’s why they didn’t buy them. In comparison, 62 per cent of parents said the cost as one of the key reasons they did not buy organic in 2013.
According to Laura Batcha, Executive Director and CEO of OTA, parents are paying more for products that are of higher quality and will provide better health.
The study showed last year, 21 per cent of families stated they didn’t buy organic produce because there wasn’t much available. This year, just three per cent of people said there were no organic products where they shopped.
In recent years, organic products, particularly food items, have been in higher demand, not longer only found in boutique health stores. According to the Digital Journal, 70 per cent of households who buy organic get their produce from their local supermarket.
Health benefits of organic produce for children are plentiful. According to the Environmental Health Perspectives, children with an organic diet have lower levels of harmful chemicals in their bodies and less chance of having toxins from pesticides and insecticides build up.
Furthermore, children are receiving more nutrients and minerals. A recent study available at the Public Library of Science states organic dairy products have significantly higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for a healthy heart.