Why does organic produce sometimes cost more?

Prices for many organic produce items are coming very close to their non-organic counterparts. But even as organic farming scales up, it will always be a bit more labor intensive than conventional farming and that accounts for a big part of the cost differential. While modern and technically-savvy organic farmers rely on people-powered cultural and mechanical practices to build healthy-ecosystems as well as to manage diseases and pests — much more so than conventional farmers do. In the rare times when our proactive measures fail, organic farms may be more vulnerable to crops losses caused by infestation or disease.