Switch to organic food may increase monthly bill by Rs 1500 per family: Study

Consumers may have to bear an additional expense of Rs 1,200-1,500 per month for a family if they want to switch to organic food products, which are sold at high prices, a latest study said, while suggesting that the government should take steps to bring down the cost. According to a joint study by Assocham and Ernst & Young LLP, the purchase of organic food products is restricted to affluent class of consumers due to the high cost.

The organic food products are costlier because of low volumes and high expenses involved in processing and inventory holding, packaging, logistics and distribution besides training of farmers, the study observed.