Organic Food For BabyThere is a good reason to feed your kids organically grown food even if you don't eat it yourself. Kids are at greater risk from toxins. I did not always eat organic food (sometimes I did in pregnancy), but now, with the explosion of GMO's, it may be important to check with your local healthfood store about how products are labeled and if they really do have "organic" or non GMO foods.
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But babies and children are at greater risk than healthy adults for several reasons:
• A child's immature kidneys are less able to break down toxins that can disrupt their growing nervous or endocrine systems. Exposure to pesticides during central nervous system development may lead to long-lasting effects on brain function and behavior.
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• Until the age of six, a child's body has more water and less fat than adult's. In an adult, fats trap and store pesticide residues, but in a child they are less able to do so, leaving more toxins circulating in the blood.
• Children have greater exposure to pesticides because they eat and drink far more per kilogram of body weight than adults. They also eat more high-risk foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, which tend to have more pesticides applied during cultivation. A typical one-year-old child consumes 21 times more apple juice, 11 times more grape juice and 2-7 times more grapes, bananas, pears, carrots and broccoli than the average adult, according to the Consumers Union.
In January 1998, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization, released a controversial report entitled Overexposed: Organophosphate Insecticides in Children's Food, in which they concluded that 1 million children a day are being exposed to "unsafe levels of toxic pesticides in fruit, vegetables and baby food." Of the 1 million children described in the EWG's report, as many as 40,000-50,000 may ingest pesticides at levels 10 times higher than Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reference doses.