More reasons why an organic diet is good for Dana (esp with all the food-related diseases and Melamine scare now). Seems like we never know what exactly we are consuming…
Organic is important for your baby
A pure organic diet can be more beneficial during the first few months of life than at any other time. Babies have immature systems and need the very purest and safest foods. Babies eat more food per kilogram of body weight than adults. On this basis alone, they risk eating up to five times more chemical residues in ordinary foods than adults.
Organic baby foods are made from naturally good ingredients grown without chemical pesticides, nitrates, growth hormones or other unwanted extras – and the meals are produced without artificial additives or processing chemicals.
Organic offers the reassurance of baby food that is pure and uncontaminated at a time in your baby’s life when it really matters.
Top 10 Top Reasons for ‘Going Organic’
1. It’s Healthy
On average, organic food contains higher levels of cancer-fighting antioxidants such as vitamin C and essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron and chromium than conventionally grown foods. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers 60% of all herbicides, 90% of all fungicides, and 30% of all insecticides as potentially cancer causing. to cancer and other diseases.
2. No Nasty Additives
Organic food doesn’t contain food additives which can cause health problems such as heart disease, osteoporosis, migraines and hyperactivity.
3. Avoids Pesticides
Over 400 chemical pesticides are routinely used in conventional farming and residues are often present in non-organic food. The UK government has recently found high levels of pesticide residues in baby food, spinach, dried fruit, bread, apples, celery, and chips.4. No GM
Genetically modified (GM) crops and ingredients are not allowed under organic standards. The only way to make certain you are not eating genetically modified foods in North America and Europe is to eat organic.
5. Reliance on Drugs removed
There is growing concern about the high use of antibiotics on farm animals and the possible effects on human health.
6. No Hidden Costs **
Organic farming bans artificial fertilizers which pollute our waters. The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that pesticides pollute the primary source of drinking water for more than half the country’s population. Compare this with the millions of dollars that tax payers fork out to pay for removing chemicals from drinking water, mainly as a result of the pesticides used in farming. (Actually I beg to differ on this. One of the main deterrent for many people, us included, is the high costs of organic products in SG!)
7. High Standards
Organic food comes from trusted sources. All organic farms and food companies are inspected at least once a year. Organic certification standards in Europe and the United States are the public’s best assurance that their food is grown and handled according to strict sustainable procedures.
8. Care for Animals
Animal welfare is taken very seriously under organic standards.
9. Good for Wildlife and the Environment
The UK government has said that organic farming is better for wildlife, causes lower pollution from sprays, produces less carbon dioxide – the main global warming gas – and less dangerous wastes. Organic farms use more human energy and less fossil fuels.
10. Top for TasteMany people prefer organic food because they say it tastes better. number of top chefs in the United States and Europe choose organic foods for the pure taste of organics.
Sources:http://www.cyberparent.com/organic-food/ & http://www.hipp.co.uk/organic_quality/why.htm