University Study Uncovers The Best Way to Save Money on Organic Food (Almost 90% on Average)

We all know that everyone prefers food which was grown without synthetic pesticides, herbicides and other artificial techniques, as genetic modification, but a lot of them come across the same problem – higher prices.

Regardless of being considered as the most traditional approach of producing food, organic food was allowed to develop into a specialty item. Now these prices put another restriction for those who want to eat the way the nature meant.


There’s one buying scenario which can help you save a lot of money, though – buying in bulk.

In 2012, the Portland State University along with the Bulk is Green Council (BIG) estimated that consumers can save almost 89% by buying organic food in the bulk aisle.

As reported by the research, preferring bulk food lets the customer save money on packing material or delivery costs. For the objective of the research, organic food bought in bulk, like nut butter, grains or tea was compared to packaged organic food.

Special marketing slogans, sales pitches, pricey colored ink or mascots aren’t necessary when food comes in bulk.

This is also in favor of protecting the environment, since fewer cardboard, plastic and other packaging materials are used. A research has discovered that if Americans agree to buy their coffee in bulk, a total of nearly 240 million pounds in foil packages would be saved.  It also revealed that if Americans bought all of their almonds in bulk, they would save 72 million pounds of landfill waste annually.

“Our researchers worked diligently in the field to gather data and talk to consumers, and they conducted hours and hours of analyses,” says Dr. Tom Gillpatrick, who’s the Portland State University Food Industry Leadership Center’s executive director.

“Many claims have been made regarding the benefits of buying in bulk, but there have been few quantifiable statistic to support those claims. We’re excited to be the first research team in the United States to substantiate that buying in bulk does offer tangible environmental and economical benefits.”

Although the organization conducting the study, The Bulk is Green Council, did its part in the results of the survey, it’s doubtless that buying in bulk is really cheaper and environmentally friendlier.

Nick Meyer is the Editor of AltHealth Works where this article first appeared. He says: Thanks for reading! P.S. You can also subscribe for more tips, articles, recipes and more by clicking on this link.