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Organic and babies

Toddler eating apple
  • Babies’ bodies are immature and vulnerable, so it is important they have the purest and safest foods. Non-organic foods may contain harmful chemical pesticide residues.

  • Babies' kidneys are immature and not very efficient at excreting harmful substances, so any toxins, at whatever level, remain longer in the body.
  • A baby's digestive system is also more efficient than an adult's at absorbing the nutrients in foods - but this means babies’ bodies are more efficient at absorbing any harmful pesticide residues too.
  • The 'acceptable' levels of pesticide residues permitted in foods are based on adult bodyweights - not on the smaller size of babies and children.
  • Babies and toddlers, on a weight-for-weight basis, eat more food than adults, increasing their exposure to pesticides.

Pesticides in pregnancy

  • Hazardous chemicals have been found to cross the placenta and end up in the bodies of unborn children
  • In research carried out in Spain by the University of Granada, tests on blood from the placentas of pregnant women revealed up to fifteen different types of contaminants.  See full research paper here:

Helping the young immune system
  • Organic ingredients are grown and prepared without the use of synthetic fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides.
  • Organic foods contain no GM crops.
  • Extra Antioxidants - Results of a major study, published at the end of 2007 [Ref Prof Leifert QLIF Congress 2005], show that organic food is more nutritious and may even help fight cancer. Professor Carlo Leifert at Newcastle University found that organic fruit and vegetables contained higher amounts of antioxidants, which could cut the risk of cancer and heart disease.

The Soil Association’s Top 5 reasons for choosing organic:

1. Your well-being

Hydrogenated fats and controversial additives including aspartame, tartrazine, MSG are banned under organic standards.

2. The environment

Organic farming releases less greenhouse gases than non-organic farming - choosing organic, local and seasonal food can significantly reduce your carbon footprint

3. Animal welfare

Organic standards insist that animals are given plenty of space and fresh air to thrive and grow - guaranteeing a truly free-range life

4. Protecting wildlife

Organic farms are havens for wildlife and provide homes for bees, birds and butterflies. In fact, the UK Government’s own advisors found that plant, insect and bird life is up to 50% greater on organic farms.

5. GM-free 

Genetically modified crops and ingredients are banned under organic standards. You may be surprised to know that over a million tonnes of GM crops are imported each year to feed non-organic livestock which produce pork, bacon, milk, cheese and other dairy products.