Sunday, January 22, 2012

2 Be Organic, or Not 2 Be....

That is the question of this century!


Here are my 2 cents....

To live a 100% organic life, including all household products and foods, is near impossible. Not impossible, but nearly. You have to be very disciplined, simple, and actually, rich.

When it comes to the foods you put in your body, and your child's, you want to consider a few things when choosing between organic and non-organic products. The FDA still does not regulate labeling as well as it could for the everyday consumer, so be smart when reading labels and choosing foods. The USDA has very specific guidelines on what Organic actually means.

If a food is labeled organic it means that 95% of that food is the following (if it says 100% Organic, then all of the food is the following):
Animals are not given antibiotics or growth hormones, and produce is grown without the use of conventional pesticides, fertilizers made of synthetic ingredients, bioengineering or ionizing radiation.

So, 2 Be Organic:
-Any fruits or vegetables that you are going to serve WITH the skin on (think about the pesticides on the outside of the skin)
-Milk, Eggs*, and Meats (think of the hormones given to the animal producing, plus the pesticides on the feed that they give these animals!)

Organic eating can get pricey, so choose your battles! I don't always buy organic fruits and veggies because my daughter can't chew the skins yet anyway, so I spend the extra on the milk, eggs, and some of the meats. It is a process, but you can always start somewhere!

*Another note about eggs:  Cage free. It is not a perfect system, but it's better than caged. The more I research my food, the more I want to either go vegan or start my own cruelty-free farm......ugghhh. Neither are going to happen, so you will hear me say frequently, choose your battles!

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