Baby Food: The importance of buying organic

Now that baby #3 has started solids, or purees at least, I feel like I have a pretty good sense of the importance of buying organic foods for her. Even small doses of pesticides, additives, hormones, and chemicals can harm us, but it can cause long term damage when the exposure is during fetal and childhood development.

Buying organic is also good for our environment and the farmers who produce it. I recently read that 70% of all pollution of our nations waterways is from agriculture. Much of that could be eliminated by growing organic food.

The cost of buying organic can be expensive, but in some cases, if not all, it is well worth it. For babies, children, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers it is even more imperative to buy as much organic foods as we can.

The top ten fruits & veggies to buy organic:

From most amount of pesticides to least
1) Peaches
2) Apples
3) Sweet Bell Peppers
4) Celery
5) Nectarines
6) Strawberries
7) Cherries
8) Lettuce
9) Grapes- imported
10) Pears

Also consider meat, coffee, milk, and chocolate.

Check out the Environmental Working Group for the full list and details.

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