The number one reason is to avoid the harmful pesticides used in conventionally grown food.
The evidence is clear that children are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of pesticides and other chemicals. Young digestive tracts absorb toxins more readily than those of adults, and young livers and kidneys don’t detoxify as efficiently as adults’ do. As a result, toxins circulate longer in kids’ bodies, making the effect of exposure four times greater than in adults.
Additionally, many organic crops provide more nutritional value than their conventional counterparts. For example, researchers found that organic milk contains significantly higher concentrations of heart-healthy fatty acids than milk from cows on conventionally managed dairy farms.
You can immediately and dramatically reduce your kids’ exposure to pesticides and other agricultural chemicals by switching to certified organic foods, as a recent study by the Swedish Environmental Research Institute demonstrated. When the family in this study switched to organic food, both the amounts and number of pesticides in the children’s bodies dropped. Watch this short video titled “Organic Effect” and read the full report here.
Here’s another major reason to choose organic foods. After a 30-year side-by-side comparison of organic and conventional agricultural systems, the Rodale Institute reported that organic methods matched, or even outperformed, their conventional counterparts in terms of yield, profitability and energy efficiency, while having positive effects on soil health, water quality and rural communities.
For all these reasons, we at Only Organic recommend you buy certified organic whenever possible. However, we know as parents that buying all organic isn’t always feasible. In those cases we recommend you use EWG’s Shoppers’ Guide to Pesticides in Produce to decide which items are most important to buy organic.