The EPA reports that meat is contaminated with higher levels of pesticides than any plant food. Many chemical pesticides are fat-soluble and accumulate in the fatty tissue of animals. Animal feed that contains animal products compounds the accumulation, which is directly passed to the human consumer.
Antibiotics, drugs, and hormones are a standard in animal husbandry, all of which accumulate and are passed on to consumers as well.
Organic food—food grown without chemical pesticides and fertilizers—provides a trusted standard for purity and safety. Some physicians—like Alan Greene, MD, author of “Raising Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth and Baby Care”— recommend organic foods for babies and children. According to Greene, significant body and brain development takes place in early childhood, making toxins a larger threat to long term health.
While most parents want the best for their children, not all parents know the difference between organic and conventional. They choose what is readily available—foods they remember from their own childhood.
Parents face many issues, but diet and health remains a fundamental priority. After all, feeding our kids is the first, most basic thing we do to raise them right. Organic food is another step on the path to lasting health—for people and for the planet.