"Everyone is always going on about using organic products for your babies; the word organic is pretty much everywhere! The problem is that I don't actually know what that means for myself or my baby - obviously, I know that it's healthier I've been told that time and time again, but can someone elaborate on that for me in simple English!".
Okay, let's get right to it!
The word organic basically refers to the way in which your fruit and veg are grown and processed. For example, organic food doesn't contain nasty elements like synthetics, pesticides, fertilisers, or Bioengineered genes! This means that they are free from chemicals and are grown and produced in the most natural way possible. You might be thinking about how this can apply to meat, eggs and dairy products? Well, all livestock that is used for these products must be raised and accommodated in conditions that are natural to their behaviour. So, sanitary conditions, no growth hormones and no cramped cages. Most importantly, they are free to go about their day on the fields to feed on organic agriculture themselves.
Not all laws and regulations are the same; they vary depending on where you are and where the food is organically produced.
When it comes to your health and your baby's, organic food is actually healthier and tastier! That's because they don't use chemicals - all you get from eating organic produce is all the nutritional benefits and natural goodness from the taste. On that note, Organic food is free from GMO's and GE, which stands for genetically modified organisms or Genetically engineered. In simple language, it basically means that nothing within the process of organic agriculture contains foods and plants whose DNA has been tampered with, altered or changed in a way that wouldn't be ethical or natural. Rest assured that organic eggs haven't be made in a sort of lab - if it says organic, it means that they've been produced the way that they should, naturally! Did you know that organic meat and milk is a lot higher in nutritional value? Yeah, by 50 % higher in omega-3 fatty acids.
At this point, you might be thinking, "Okay, but it's so expensive!" I agree, but that's because you pay for what you get. I know that's not the best answer, but in this case, you actually do! Organic food is a lot more labour intensive, more time consuming, and a lot more costly to actually produce to the point where organic feed for animals can cost twice as much. Organic farmers and farms aren't that common, and they normally are a much smaller business than conventional industrial farms. It might help to know that the costs are higher because they have fixed prices and overhead, which are distributed across smaller stock volumes normally without government grants and help! Top tip - try buying organic food in season; that's when they are the cheapest and the freshest. Also, have a look at your options! The best trade trick is to compare the prices; consider the local markets but don't forget about the farmers' market, online stores and even the freezer aisles.
Nowadays, everyone is talking about the environment, climate change and global warming, you can actually make a difference by shopping organically or supporting your local organic farm. Did you know that organic farming methods can reduce pollution, save water, help with healthier soil, and use less energy? Not only that, but not using synthetic pesticides is helping birds, insects and animals, including people who live close to the farms, as there is less air pollution.
We at Mamamade use organic ingredients in all of our recipes! We want nothing but the best for you and your little one. So, have a look at some of our products; they are full of nutrients and fantastic taste combinations for both babies and toddlers.
Thank you for coming to my little ted-talk about organic products 🤓
Himanshi @ Mamamade