Upon talking to many farmers and examining the literature, it is pretty clear that one producer advantage of using “organic” production methods to grow crops is that it allows sellers to price discriminate and charge higher prices for these products than more conventionally produced fruits, grains and vegetables. Indeed, a recent meta-study concluded that the profits from producing “organically” are up to 35% higher on average than producing by more conventional methods.
Let’s accept this as perfectly correct.
Here is a simple philosophical question. It seems to me to be the case that the popularity of “organic” is strong among the group of individuals who tend to be very much opposed to our current “system” and do not much like capitalism, profits, or the people who are part of said “system.” If this is the case, and organic farming allows sellers to reap larger profits than in a more competitive and conventional framework, it would seem strange for the anti-capitalist community to so lovingly embrace organics as they do, no?