Costs of nutritious eating rising

Kris Ogungbemi | Staff Writer

The price of produce is rising faster than inflation while the prices of junk food fall, according to the Reuters Health Group.
Josh DiGirolamo, an employee at Whole Foods in Cincinnati, says that healthy foods are more expensive because the trip from the farm to the store requires an abandonment of dangerous pesticides and herbicides.“Conventional farmers don’t have to worry as much about issues dealing with pests, herbicides and fertilizers,” DiGirolamo said. “[Conventional farmers] are not certified organic and therefore are able to use any approved pesticide, herbicide, fertilizer or genetically modified plant strain.”

DiGirolamo says that the more thorough and healthful treatment of the organic food results in slightly higher prices.

“[These complicated processes translate] to the consumer who pays a slightly higher price for goods made without any conventional materials,” DiGirolamo said.

Senior Cydnee Oglesby has been a vegetarian for three years, and the physical benefits that are reaped help to maintain her healthy eating lifestyle.

“I feel better,” Oglesby said. “I’ve been a vegetarian for three years now. When I first did it, I started losing weight because I’d work out as well. I really started seeing a change and I just wanted to stay that way.”

Specific standards require organic food to be of the utmost quality and ensure that the customers, like Oglesby, receive the label they pay for.

“The best quality products are organic,” DiGirolamo said. “Not only are these products made from only natural ingredients, they also must contain at least 95 percent organic ingredients, and this assures the consumer that the product is of the highest quality.”

Oglesby says that though there are higher prices for healthy foods, the sacrifice is worth it.

“My food costs about double the price of the regular food my family eats,” Oglesby said. “But it’s worth it to me.”

According to Oglesby, being healthy requires a change in routine and way of life rather than a quick fix. Oglesby said her desire to avoid diseases common to her family helps her continue to eat healthily.

“For me [healthy eating] is a lifestyle,” Oglesby said. “I just feel that with all the disease that runs in my family, like heart disease, high cholesterol and diabetes — I just [don’t] want to be a part of that.”

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