When it comes to organic skills, most business owners spend a significant amount of time and money on ongoing education costs. Many organic farmers and other organic business owners now spend time and money getting degrees in a related field. Plus, since the organic knowledge landscape is always changing (as is organic policy), keeping up to date is an important but often costly expense.Beyond self-education, organic business owners or companies must take the time to ensure that their employees also follow proper organic protocol. There’s a lot of different skill-sets involved with organic production and handling practices, and employees must use organic practices in order for an operation to stay certified.
A majority of organic farms are smaller than their conventional counterparts. Small farms don’t receive the same benefits from the economies of scale that large operations do. Additionally, it costs quite a bit more to grow and process small quantities of organic food, as opposed to large quantities. On top of added costs to process small amounts of food, it costs more to ship these items: National Organic Program (NOP) policy specifically mandates that you must segregate organic food items from conventional food items.