For us, Love Child is about more than providing our customers with convenient food options for their babies and young children. We also want to make sure that they are eating food that is as nutritious, delicious and pure as possible.
This is why all of our food is made from 100% organic ingredients. Many food products try to appear organic without being so – “natural” is probably one of the most misleading and overused words in food marketing. Any true organic product will carry the Canadian and/or US organic symbols.
There are a number of excellent reasons to buy organic food, especially for our children:
Organic food is supportive of growing children’s brains and bodies.
The long-term health effects of pesticide exposure are not fully known. What we do know is that children who eat organically grown foods are exposed to far fewer pesticides than children who don’t. Children are small and more susceptible to toxins, so even low levels of pesticides could concentrate more highly in their bodies than in adults. Most experts, therefore, agree that children are among those who benefit most from eating organic foods.
Certain fruits and vegetables are consistently shown to be more contaminated with pesticides than other produce. This list is sometimes referred to as ‘the Dirty Dozen’. The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit environmental research organization, recommends buying only organic apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, grapes, lettuce, imported nectarines, peaches, potatoes, spinach, blueberries, cucumber and strawberries. Organic food can be expensive, so if you are only able to buy a few select organic items, choose from the ones on this list.
Organic foods are nutritionally rich.
Not only does eating organically grown food provide the benefit of ingesting fewer pesticides, it’s more nutritious! Several studies have shown that organic fruits and vegetables have higher levels of anti-oxidants than conventionally grown produce.
Organic food is not genetically modified.
Genetically modified food is now common place in the food chain, but it is not identified on food labels. The only way to be confident that your child isn’t eating GM foods is to buy organic.
Eating organic may reduce your risk of cancer.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers many pesticides to be potentially cancer-causing. It is reasonable to think that the rapidly increasing rates of cancer are at least partly linked to the use of these carcinogenic pesticides.
Organic farming is better for our environment and supports biodiversity.
For many people the main reason to eat organically grown and processed food is to support sustainable farming methods that are friendlier to the earth and support greater biodiversity. Organic methods include crop rotation, composting, and use of insects and natural substances to control pests that may otherwise damage crops. Organic farms have less top-soil loss and generate less pollution than conventional farms. GM and non-organic food production is focused on high yield monoculture and destroys biodiversity.
Organic farms are safer for farm workers.
Choosing organic foods means that more people will be able to work on farms without incurring the higher potential health risk of exposure to pesticides.
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