Why is it more expensive to buy ‘clean’ food than food containing additives and pesticide residues?Many people who would like to eat naturally, are forced to eat commercially-produced food containing pesticide residues and preservatives because natural food is beyond their budget.
This seems counterintuitive.
Every person regardless of income level should have the basic right to eat healthy food.While about 1.5% of total agricultural production in Israel is organic, over 80% is exported for sale abroad. This low demand for organic in Israel contributes to higher prices. Hopefully increased awareness and demand will bring prices down in the future.
In the meantime, some farmers are willing to sell food directly to consumers, cutting out the middle men. This slightly reduces the cost of eating organic, and for those who have never tasted the difference between freshly-picked veggies and cold-storage veggies, you won’t believe the difference!
Organic farmers who sell directly to consumers:
|Biocenter||Givat Chen, near Raanana||09-744-6080||Every Friday between 13:00 and 15:00 this health food store has a large sale on about 10-15 different types of fruits and vegetables. Prices can be as much as 50% off! (Mostly cold-storage produce)|
|Gan HaSadeh – Roi||Modiin, deliveries to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem||054-6939320||Freshly-picked vegetables, also offers fruit and some staples at bulk prices from other suppliers.|
|Derech Chaim||near Michmoret, no deliveries||054-4522658||Sell vegetables they grow, plus from other suppliers.|
|Teva HaBasor||Ein HaBasor, regional deliveries||08-9982214||Freshly-picked vegetables and herbs, plus fruits and staples from other suppliers.|
|Hubeiza||near Latrun, deliveries between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem||registration via their website: http://www.chubeza.com/||Pay for a small or large box of vegetables, and receive a suprise every week! These were the tastiest vegetables I’ve ever tasted.|