Why Should Parents Feed Their Children Organic Food

In 2014, Organic Trade Association conducted a survey of 1200 households on the acceptability of organic food in households. All the households had at least one child under the age of 18 years. The survey found a sharp decrease in households for whom the price of organic food was a factor.

According to the survey, just 51% of households were hesitant about buying organic food, against 62% in 2013. It means, parents are willing to pay more for organic food if it means their children will have enhanced heath after eating it.

At this point, you may wonder if organic food actually lives up to the hype or it just propaganda from the organic food industry to make you buy more of it. The truth is, feeding your children organic food is one of the best decisions you can make for their health.

Organic food can reduce your exposure to chemicals drastically

Organic food is free from chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. It is not irradiated and neither is it grown from genetically modified seeds. Feeding children organic food significantly reduces their exposure to organophosphorus pesticides. Eating organic food also decreases our exposure to pesticides and herbicides.

The Environmental Protection Agency has registered close to 1400 pesticides for agricultural and non agricultural uses and many of these are linked to central nervous system and brain, lug, colon, breast, ovarian and other types of cancers.

We are exposed to many of these pesticides and herbicides on a daily basis, through our food and water. They not only cause cancer, they also affect our hormones, mimicking the effect of estrogen and testosterone.

Children are more sensitive to chemicals than adults

Children are in a growing phase of their life which means they are very sensitive to chemicals of all kinds. They have significantly lower levels of immunity, compared to adults (because their immunity is still developing). They are also exposed to more chemicals than adults because of their low weight.

Another reason why they are more susceptible to chemicals is because they eat more of certain foods than adults. So you can only imagine, how the pesticides and herbicides that enter our body everyday, might affect children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has already given a clarion call against pesticide exposure. In 2012, it wrote, “….children are exposed to pesticides every day and they are uniquely susceptible to their toxicity.” It added, “we are already seeing chronic health conditions emerging due to the acute and chronic exposure to pesticides”.

Unfortunately, pesticides are endemic in the environment. This means, no food is 100% free of pesticides. But it is also true that organic foods have significantly lower levels of pesticides than conventionally grown food.

Chemicals are especially dangerous for pregnant women

Pregnant women should especially eschew conventional food and eat more organic food. Growing fetus are especially vulnerable to chemical exposure and nowhere is the effect more dangerous and dramatic.

Researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital, University of California at Berkeley and Columbia University found that the children of those women who were consistently exposed to higher levels of organophosphorus pesticides when they were pregnant, showed lower IQ levels than their peers when they reached elementary school.

More reasons why you should feed children organic food

Shielding the kid from exposure to chemicals is not the only reason to feed him or her organic food. Organic food is also more nutritious than conventionally grown food. They also have more vitality, making them overall healthier choices than conventionally grown foods.

As the demand for organic food grows, it has become more mainstream. It is no longer limited to specialty food stores. There are even companies that undertake farm-to-kerb supply of organic food, like us. So if you want to order organic food straight from the farm, now you know whom to call.

Eat Organic Food to Clear your Acne

When you were young, your mother may have told you, ‘eat those greens, they are good for your skin’. You may not have paid attention then, but when you entered your teens and developed acne, you took those words in earnest.

The fact is, there was never any proof that avoiding or eating certain foods could reduce acne. All that has changed now.

A number of studies have found a positive correlation between food and acne. We are not saying that genes, lifestyle or environmental factors do not affect the quality of our skin. However, ask any dermatologist or nutritionist and they will all confirm that food can affect your skin.

What kind of foods aggravates or reduce acne?

Foods with a high Glycemic index can make acne worse. White pasta, doughnuts and whole bread, chocolate, refined sugars, greasy foods, fast foods, and dairy products, all have a high Glycemic index. These foods are digested quickly, releasing a lot of sugar into the blood at once. This spikes our insulin levels causing the body to show inflammatory reactions. This, in turn, flares up acne.

Eating a lot of fruits and vegetables, drinking a lot of water, and including more of whole grains into your diet will reduce acne. They not only provide nutrients, they are also rich in fiber and water content. All of these are important considerations for anyone who wants to reduce acne.

Role of organic foods in reducing acne

This brings us to the question, can eating organic fruits and vegetables reduce acne? We know that organic food is better for the body than conventionally grown food. Does this positive effect of organic food extend to the skin also? The answer is yes.

For sure, organic food can reduce the incidence of acne, when eaten over time. The conventional food contains traces of pesticides and wax (coated on fruits and vegetables to keep them fresh for longer). Note that it is not yet proven that pesticides and wax can cause a person to develop acne. However, it is well known that they have an overall bad effect on the body which can reflect in tired and dull looking skin.

Foods such as the diary, meat, and chicken are also pumped with antibiotics and hormones. If you eat such foods, you may develop hormonal acne. For example, acne in women over the age of 40 years is always hormone related. Cutting down on milk and conventionally reared meat can help these women reduce acne.

Organically grown food has a better nutrition profile

A shortage of essential vitamins and minerals in our diet can make our skin dull and prone to inflammation, which are just the right conditions for acne to thrive. So organic food, which is loaded with nutrients, is good for the skin in that respect too. The good news is, RCP grows a range of organic foods such as kale, eggplants, bell peppers, tomatoes, and Edamame. To learn more, please contact us.

Successful acne reduction is a sum of a number of things. So eating organic food alone is not enough to reduce acne.

First of all, you must keep your face clean. Wash your face with a face wash. It will remove dead skin, dirt and dust, and excess oil from the skin. Do not use a harsh soap because it can irritate the skin. Wipe your face gently every now and then, to remove oil and to prevent dirt from accumulating.

Do not touch your face frequently or pick pimples. It will spread the bacteria. Reduce your exposure to the sun because that increases inflammation. Finally, exercise regularly. It will clear your skin and boost blood supply to the skin.

How Chemical Inputs on Farms Harm Children and Why Organic Food is a Better Option

Children should not be allowed around chemicals. They are a critical stage of their mental and physical growth. If they are exposed to chemicals at this point, it can have severe short term and long term consequences on their health and development.

Chemicals affect children at different stages of their growth

It is a pre-established fact that children are always vulnerable to chemicals. The threat begins even before they are born.

Before conception: If the genes or reproductive organs of its would be parents are affected by chemicals, it can create problems for the child even before conception. For example, constant exposure to pesticides can lead to an increased risk of infertility and miscarriage.

After conception: In expectant mothers, chemicals can cross the placental barrier. After genetic defects, chemicals like pesticides and weedicides are one of the main reasons for birth defects. Here are some examples.

  • Atrazine is a popular herbicide in the US. When expectant mothers are exposed to Atrazine, it can cause their unborn children to develop a birth defect called Gastroschisis. In this condition, the unborn baby’s intestines grow outside its body.
  • You may have heard of Agent Orange. Agent Orange was a concoction of different herbicides used by American forces during the Vietnam war to deny Vietcong forces cover, by defoliating forests. Unfortunately, the chemical caused deformities in thousands of unborn Vietnamese children.
  • A pesticide called Endosulphan used to protect cashew nut plantations from pests caused birth defects like hydrocephalus, liver disease, deformed bones and mental retardation. It is also a notorious abortifacient.

After birth, until the baby is two years old: At this age, the baby’s digestive system and skin are very sensitive and assimilate chemicals very easily. Children, especially very the young ones are also prone to putting things in their mouth, so they are more likely to eat things that can harm them. The mother’s milk may also contain traces of chemicals which can pass on to the child during feeding.

Between 2 and 12 years of age: Between 12 years to 18 years the child is developing rapidly, both mentally and physically. Exposure to toxins at this stage can be cause precocious puberty and behavioral problems.

Now, we will see how these chemicals enter a child’s body.

How pesticides, insecticides and herbicides enter children’s bodies

Pesticides, insecticides and herbicides enter our body through the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink. Most farmers today use these chemicals to grow fruits and vegetables. And after the fruits and vegetables are harvested, some of the chemicals are inadvertently left as residues on the produce.

Chemicals are also present in agricultural run off. A large quantity of these chemicals are washed off during rains. And that gets accumulated in water bodies, which people may later utilize. Some of the chemicals are volatile compounds and so we are also vulnerable to breathing them in. Children don’t know better. So they are also prone to putting things in their mouth. This is another source of chemical contamination.

So, is there an alternative to these conventionally grown foods and vegetables. Yes there, is. It’s called organic food.

Why organic food is the better option

Organic food is grown without any kind of chemical- either pesticide, insecticide or herbicide. This type of farming uses organic resources that already exist in plenty. And so it is also a form of sustainable farming.

At RCH, we prepare our own fertilizer and compost mix. We use also natural pest control methods to prevent insects from breeding and feeding on our plants. Even our soil is specially prepared, to ensure it contains the proper mix of nutrients.

Organic farming has a number of benefits over conventionally grown food. It is not only free from dangerous chemicals, it is also more nutritious and wholesome. You will be happy to learn, we are currently growing organic kale, heirloom tomatoes, edamane, eggplants and bell peppers. To make an order, please contact us today.

Prevent Allergies by Eating Organic Food

Have you heard of the ‘hygiene hypothesis’? If you haven’t, you are not alone. It tells us that there is a relationship between the decreasing number of microbes in our surroundings and our lowering immunity.

The increasing use of antibacterial agents like hand washes, soaps, detergents, bathroom cleaners has decreased the number of microbes in our surroundings. Our immune system is always under attack from microbes and this constant bombardment helps to keep our immunity up.

People with low immunity are more likely to be allergic to certain foods

As antibacterial agents kill microbes, their number in our immediate vicinity goes down. With no microbes to fight and kill, our immune system starts to relax. So the next time, you are attacked by a bacterial disease, your immune system takes a bit longer to respond. The thing is, weak immune systems have been blamed for the rise in allergies.

Millions of Americas suffer from allergies of some kind. According to Prevention.com, more than 15% of Americans are allergic to peanuts, soy, eggs, and other eatables. You may ask, how is this related to organic fruits and vegetables. But there is a connection.

There is a strong connection between allergies and pesticides and there is proof. A study in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, involving 2548 people found high levels of a pesticide residue, called dichlorophenols in the urine of people suffering from allergies.

People ingesting pesticide residue inadvertently but regularly likely to have lower immunity

By studying the results of the study, we can arrive at two conclusions. People with high levels of pesticides residue in their urine are more likely to be allergic to eggs, peanuts, milk and eggs. Second, the researchers did not find a similar connection between allergies and environmental allergens like grass, ragweed and pets.

According to Dr. Elina Jerschow, assistant professor at the New York’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine, these people were likely exposed to the pesticide residue through ‘food and water’. The irony is, dichlorophenols are byproducts of common herbicides used in agriculture. They are also a byproduct of chlorination of water for purification.

The connection between chlorine byproducts in food and water and low immunity

Note that we don’t have proof yet that pesticides can cause people to develop allergies to food stuff directly. This is where the ‘hygiene hypothesis’ comes in.

Chlorine is a powerful anti-bacterial agent. When it is used in agriculture, either as an herbicide or pesticide, it inadvertently kills bacteria. Since our immune system isn’t seeing the action it did before (before the antibacterial agents started doing their work), it starts to become weaker and weaker.

And now for the best part. It has been proven that when the bacterial load in our environment goes down, we are more likely to suffer from allergies. So eating fruits and vegetables grown using the normal method can cause some people to develop allergic symptoms. The question is, how do organic fruits and vegetables help? The answer is almost self-evident.

Why eating organic foods can reduce or even prevent allergies

Organic foods are free of chemical pesticides, herbicides or insecticides. Since there are no chemicals involved, the question of these fruits and vegetables getting contaminated by chlorine byproducts like ‘dichlorophenols’ doesn’t arise.

When there are no chlorine byproducts in our food and surroundings, our immune system is not compromised and it does its job as usual. Because many allergies are triggered by a weak immune system and organic foods don’t reduce our immunity, our chances of suffering from an allergy also reduces.

Now you know why children are more prone to suffer from allergies. It is because their immune system has been weakened by eating foods and vegetables contaminated with chemicals. But there is a way out. Try our range of organically grown vegetables and say goodbye to your allergies today.