We compared the prices of eight fruits and vegetables to see how organic stacked up against non-organic. The prices were taken online from Choithrams for non-organic foods and Ripe for the organic version. With the exception of imported non-organic items, non-organic foods were about a third of the price.
The hefty price tag can be a deterrent for many people, but for Chris Vahanian, 25, the higher prices are worth it. The business owner has been eating only organic foods for about 18 months and says he’ll never look back. “When the organic boom started here in 2014, I started doing my research. I realised the proper organic produce that is grown with proper fertilisers and no pesticides and GMOs is much better quality.”
Vahanian, a biology and sports nutrition graduate who runs Organic Press juices, says it took about a week for him to feel the difference. He is more energised and feels generally healthier and no longer needs the protein shakes he used to take before working out. Organic foods seem to provide better fuel for his body.
Vahanian says he doesn’t mind paying more for the food. “Health is expensive. People will go to a bar and spend Dh50 on a drink, but won’t spend it on a good meal. Treat your body as a temple: it’s your life that you’re living; you can’t go and feed yourself poison.”