Organic’ is a marketing catchphrase that’s been around for a while – especially in the food industry. What precisely does it mean though… and is it really possible to build a financially sustainable business based on organic food and products?

As a reaction to environmental concerns, health concerns and ‘big’ corporate food manufacturers, many consumers are now opting for organic products. Organic is a way of going back to basics, and ensuring that anything consumed (be it food, alcohol, supplements) is free of potentially harmful chemicals and processing.

Benefits of organic produce

  • Higher in nutrition
  • Better tasting
  • Free of hormones and pesticides

In addition, organic farming procedures are typically less harmful to the environment.

In short, going organic has many benefits for optimum health and reducing environmental impact.

But what about organic products as a sustainable business?

An organic food business is eco entrepreneurship at its best. Even though the costs of producing eco-friendly products are around 30% higher than ‘normal’ (and potentially environmentally harmful) production, people today are more than willing to pay a premium cost for products that benefit their health and the world around them

Want to be a green entrepreneur? We’ll help – and you can win your share of $600 000 from the #ZayedSustainabilityPrize!

This year, we’ve partnered with the Zayed Sustainability Prize 2022, to inspire and aid aspiring young entrepreneurs to develop sustainable business ideas that help the planet, while also generating income.

The #ZayedSustainabilityPrize has a number of categories, one of which is food – with the aim of using entrepreneurship to decrease hunger and malnutrition, increasing productivity and ensuring sustainable food production.

To find out more and enter, visit Follow and engage in the online conversations across all social media or even nominate a potential young entrepreneur who you believe to be a good candidate.

And don’t forget about SA Teen’s free online academy where we give you the tools to start your own business!