Why choose Organic or spray-free?
Choosing to feed your babies organic food is one of the most important decisions you can make for them. Organic produce is grown in unpolluted, healthy soils using natural fertilisers, manure and compost, whereas conventionally-grown produce is grown with synthetic or chemical fertilisers which remain on (and in) the food we eat and can have a detrimental impact on mental, physical and emotional health as well as the environment.
Babies and children consume more calories per unit of body weight than adults, and current research shows children today often have twice the pesticide levels (measured in urine) as adults eating a similar diet. Children are most vulnerable to pesticide exposure because their organs are still developing and they have an immature filtering system (i.e. their immune system is not fully formed).
Organic produce has greater nutritional value and can be higher in health benefitting antioxidants than food sprayed with pesticides – people with allergies to foods, chemicals or preservatives often find their symptoms are alleviated or disappear when they eat only organic foods.
It makes sense to choose organic whenever you can.
Why does organic produce cost more?
Organic food is more labour intensive to produce than commercially-grown food.
Organic farmers do not use harmful pesticides or chemicals such as fungicides, herbicides, insecticides or drugs to grow their food, so all in all, organic is better for humans, the soil, waterways and nearby birds and animals. Organic certification is expensive and organic feed for animals is costly. Organic farms tend to be smaller than conventional farms, which means fixed costs and overheads are distributed across smaller produce volumes.
Can you wash away pesticides?
Rinsing commercially-grown or non-organic vegetables can certainly reduce the number of pesticides we ingest, but it won’t eliminate it. Peeling can help, but lots of valuable nutrients often go down the drain with the skin. Best advice? – eat a varied diet, wash and scrub all produce thoroughly (Dr Libby Weaver advises using three parts water to 1 part vinegar), and buy organic whenever possible.