At the Earth’s Best Organic® brand, we believe every family deserves access to wholesome, nourishing, affordable foods that help nurture the next generation of eaters with the utmost confidence. Yet at a time when every food dollar counts, many families wonder whether the price of organic products is worth it.
Since our very first batches of organic baby food jars over 30 years ago, the Earth’s Best®brand has been a leader in the movement to inspire more mealtimes around organic values. Here are some of of the most important ways we believe the power of organic products can help sow the seeds for children, communities, and a world—the pure way.
1. No potentially harmful chemical pesticides or fertilizers.
Choosing organic foods means enjoying foods produced without any potentially harmful chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Infancy and toddlerhood represent critical windows of growth as well as physical and social development throughout life. And some evidence suggests that children’s smaller body weights and rapidly dividing cells might make them more susceptible to exposure to pesticides. While this evidence is still being considered, several studies have found an association between early life exposure to a class of insecticides commonly used in agriculture (called organophosphates) and the potential for negative cognitive development outcomes.
2. No growth hormones and no antibiotics.
The USDA requires that organic animals be raised without added growth hormones and not administered antibiotics to prevent disease. The National Organic Standards require farmers and ranchers follow high levels of animal health and welfare1 including use of animal feed without mammalian or avian by-products and providing adequate space requirements with outdoor access to allow for exercise. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, choosing organic also has another potential benefit for families: it may help reduce your exposure to antibiotic resistant bacteria2.
3. Organic is always non-GMO and more.
Did you know organic is always non-GMO and more? That’s right. The USDA certified organic label provides the most rigorous set of regulations we have around how our food is produced, requiring 3rd party certification on everything from agricultural practices, farming and animal welfare standards, transparent supply chains and more.
4. Organic delivers meaningful environmental benefits.
Organic agriculture helps protect the quality of waterways, land and air for future generations to grow up in, while also helping protect the well-being of farm workers and nearby farming communities. Research suggests organic soil management maintains nutrients, is drought-resistant, and can store high levels of carbon3.
1 U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Organic Program. Organic Livestock Requirements. Published 7/13. Accessed 5/17/16. https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/Organic%20Livestock%20Requirements.pdf
2 American Academy of Pediatrics. Clinical Report. Organic Foods: Health and Environmental Advantages and Disadvantages. Pediatrics 2012;130:e1406–e1415. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics/early/2012/10/15/peds.2012-2579.full.pdf
3 USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services: Soil Health Literature Summary- Effects of Conservation Practices on Soil properties in Areas of Cropland. 1/9/15. Available at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detailfull/soils/health/mgnt/?cid=stelprdb1257753