Why Is Organic Food More Expensive?

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Q: Why is organic food more expensive when the farmers/growers do not need to spend money on chemicals for the plants?

It would seem the organic food would cost them less to grow, so they can pass on these savings to the consumers.

Sent by Marilyn

Editor: While it is true that organic farmers do not need to spend money on pesticides, they may have to spend more money on labor or other natural methods of pest control. They may also use natural fertilizers which are more expensive to buy and ship.

Readers, farmers, and growers out there, what factors contribute to organic produce being more expensive?