What makes organic onions expensive? (and why you should care)

So what’s the deal with organic onions?

They are 3.5 times more than conventional!!

Are they really worth it?

Most organic onions in NZ come from one farm in Hawkes Bay – Bostock, the same farming family that are famous for organic apples.

Instead of regularly spraying their fields with a herbicide like glyphosate to control weeds, they employ 200 people to hand weed their fields!

So I guess the question is…. is the negative impact to our health, soil, water and environment greater or less than 3.5 times the cost to farm organically and provide local employment?

If you have thoughts on the matter, let us know!

Local vs. Organic – What’s More Important?

You’re shopping and you see two similar products. One is hand crafted by a local artisan but uses non-organic ingredients. The other is big-brand organic or imported. Both cost about the same.

Which one do you choose?

For me personally it’s really important that my family eats healthy organic food. But is that more important than supporting local businesses and saving a ton of food miles?

Both sides make a case, but ultimately it depends on your values, the impact of your decisions and your personal circumstances. If you are using food as medicine to fight cancer, you will probably go ultra-clean, if you have a large hungry family to feed, that will impact your decision too. If you are an eco-warrior, the planet will be your top priority.

Fortunately, we don’t always have to choose.

Ooooby has plenty of choice from excellent local organic farmers and artisan producers in NZ

For example, Ooooby sells organic AND local Terrace Edge olive oil – who were recently featured on Country Calendar. It is to die for, really! An absolute delight for $30. Amazing taste, earth friendly, healthy and made by good local people…

Still, 30 bucks is 30 bucks. Our family goes through a TON of olive oil, and unlike olives, cash doesn’t grow on trees. We would like a high quality everyday drizzler too.

More affordable options:

  • Ceres organic olive oil imported from Spain
  • NZ local stuff, but conventional.

Which would you choose?