Your Organic Child
Raising your child in such a toxic world takes education, instinct and hyper-vigilance. Thankfully there are a lot of resources for giving your child the best there is to offer.
Time magazine reported that,
“We choose organic because we know, for example, that children fed an organic diet have much lower levels of metabolites of high-risk insecticides in their bodies. We also know that choosing organic food reduces the risk of exposure to toxic pesticides in our diet.”
Also, the 2008–09 President’s Panel on Cancer report stated,
“Nearly 1,400 pesticides … registered by the Environmental Protection Agency for agricultural and nonagricultural uses … have been linked to brain/central nervous system, breast, colon, lung, ovarian cancers … as well as Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma”
Add on the variety of hidden toxins in products for baby and kids found in clothes, accessories, toys, furniture as well as body products and you may want to never leave your home.
However, there’s no need to fret because plenty of choices are abound to create your very own organic child that can hit-the-ground-running and contribute to a more sustainable, Eco-friendly world.
Benefits of Buying Organic
Although the price point of buying organic can be slightly higher, the results are worth it. Here are a few stats from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as to why organic farming is a major contributor to a sustainable planet:
Soil – Organic soil preparation such as composting and harvesting in organic soil increases soil fauna and flora, improves soil formation and structure which in turn reduces erosion and creates a more stable agricultural system.
Water – Organic farming significantly reduces groundwater contamination from synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.
Air – Avoiding agrochemical use decreases the high amount of fossil fuels used to produce them which makes for cleaner air all around. Also, organic farming increases the return of carbon to the soil, raising productivity and favoring carbon storage.
Biodiversity – Biodiversity works on three levels: organic seeds, diverse plant species and a non-toxic ecosystem.
Organic Choices for Your Child
There are a wide range of organic products you can use, starting with baby care and beyond. It can be a twofold mission where you are supporting the benefits of buying organic while teaching its important message to your offspring.
Choosing pesticide-free organic cotton found in bedding, clothing, bags and accessories can prevent your child from being exposed to toxins that, over time, may slowly accumulate and infiltrate their system.
According to tests done on children’s major brand clothing in 2014, Greenpeace reported finding the following:
- Nonylphenol ethoxylates and phthalates - Hormone disrupting
- Perfluorochemicals - Reproductive and immune toxins
- Antimony - Similar to arsenic
- Organotins - Can damage immune and nervous systems
Once your child is going to school, organic choices can be applied. Sending them off with stylish bags and backpacks made from sources like recycled sailcloth, bike tubes or 100% plastic bottles just may have other parents inquiring.
Show them the benefits of Eco-friendly, often organic products for their lunch supplies too utilizing materials such as stainless steel, bagasse (sugar cane), bamboo, organic cotton and recycled napkins.
Your child should have the best and choosing organic is not only a healthier choice but also the best for the planet. Maybe, as more people realize how essential these organic products, as well as foods, are to the ‘big picture’ maybe we can all perpetuate a cleaner, safer future for our children, their children, and beyond.