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Lately in the news there have been misleading headlines about “studies” and “findings” that organic foods are no better for you than conventional foods.

I’m calling Bullshit.

A study done by the University of Stanford “concluded” that there were no nutritional benefits to eating organic versus conventional produce.  I say “concluded” because the study was basically a study-of-studies and has been accused of not using in the mix enough studies that concluded otherwise, typographical errors that swayed one result, and receiving large donations from a conventional agriculture corporation.

This week the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) released a new reportbacking up the dame findings.  A statement by the group concludes that:

“What’s most important is that children eat a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products, whether those are conventional or organic foods. This type of diet has proven health benefits.”

Here is what they forgot to add:

  • Many parents choose organic produce because they do not want to pump their families full of pesticides, chemicals, and additives.  Even the AAP study admitted they came to the conclusion that organic foods were found to have far fewer pesticide residues than conventional.  I guess that headline wasn’t as flashy.
  • Organic produce TASTES better than conventional produce.  If it tastes good, your kids are more likely to eat it.  Have you ever had an organic strawberry? Case. Closed.
  • Pesticides not only hurt our bodies, they hurt the environment and the ecosystem we desperately need to grow these foods.  At some point the overuse of pesticides WILL make it impossible to grow produce that is not devoid of nutritional benefits.

I understand the need for the AAP to want to encourage consumption of fruits and vegetables.  Of course eating a pesticide-laden apple is better for your kids than a candy bar.  However, this line of thinking is akin to saying, “If you can’t afford a car seat, it is better to use the regular seat belt on your toddler than nothing at all. “

I know parents have to make hard decisions day in and day out.  If you are on a budget, try to pick produce on the Dirty Dozen list to buy organic versions.  Sign up for a farm CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) that supports local farmers who either are Certified organic or follow organic processes and sustainable farming.  Sign up for delivery through Sow Fresh Organics– I use them myself, and can’t tell you enough how delicious and affordable their boxes are!

 

Note:  Although Sow Fresh Organics is an advertiser, CT Working Moms was not compensated for mentioning them in this post.  I just love them and wanted to share how fabulous they are!

 

 

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