Should You Buy Organic Foods?
YES! Buy organic meats and produce during early childhood. It makes a difference because the growth and development that occurs for your child. Its also important to protect and limit exposure to pesticides, chemicals, etc. while their immune system is developing.
Organic products are meats, poultry, eggs, and dairy products made from animals that did not receive antibiotics or growth hormones or fruits and vegetables grown without pesticides or petroleum based fertilizers. Organic farms are certified by a government inspector.
Rules for Organic Labeling:
- 100% Organic must have a USDA seal on it.
- Organic is made of 95-100% organic ingredients.
- Made with Organic Ingredients is made of at least 70% organic ingredients.
- Soil and plants cannot be treated with chemicals or persistent pesticides or herbicides.
- No synthetic fertilizers or sewage sludge can be used to promote growth.
- GMOs are not allowed.
- Animals are fed organic feeds, given access to the outdoors, and allowed to fulfill their natural behaviors.
- Synthetic growth hormones and antibiotics are forbidden.
Choosing to buy organic food supports farmers and producers who believe in good health, quality foods and earth-friendly (though some like to say eco-friendly) sustainable agricultural practices. ~ Whole Foods Market
To buy organic is a lifestyle choice and not a requirement. Again, if you choose to buy organic it will protect your child(ren) from exposure to unsafe food practices during their growth and development.
Not everyone can afford to go 100% organic every time they shop. Focus on those foods that come with the heaviest burden of pesticides, additives and hormones. According to the Environmental Working Group, consumers can reduce their pesticide exposure by 80% by avoiding the most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating only the cleanest options.
Dirty Dozen Food Offenders
The Dirty Dozen Plus is a list of the fruits and vegetables likely to contain the highest amounts of pesticide residue. Take note of these the next time you shop for produce:
10. Bell Peppers
11. Cherry Tomatoes
The Clean 15 (2016) is a list of fruits and vegetables least likely to contain pesticides. Choose organic produce when possible.
5. Sweet Peas