Organic Baby Food

Organic foods are becoming more popular as consumers are requesting pesticide- and fertilizer-free produce and meat. Many parents are choosing organic baby food because they want to give their baby the healthiest produce and meat available. The choice to stick with a regular line of baby food or go organic is a personal preference based on your family's beliefs and budget.

Organic refers to food produced without the use pesticides and fertilizers. Organic food can not be irradiated, genetically modified, or produced with the use of hormones or antibiotics. Livestock used for meat products must be raised on organically grown feed free of additives.

For any food to be considered organic it must meet standards set by the United States Department of Agriculture. Organic foods must be at least 95 percent organic or 95% free of pesticides and fertilizers. The National Organic Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture monitors and provides certification to food that can be legally labeled organic.

Organic foods do contain fewer pesticides and lower levels of pesticide residues than conventionally grown foods. But the organic versions do cost more. The major lines of organic baby food are about 8 percent more than the non-organic versions.

Organic lines of baby food are not as extensive as conventional baby food. You may find yourself supplementing with conventional baby food or homemade baby food. Most parents start feeding their baby from the dinner table once they hit the toddler stage. The lack of selection in the Toddler (stage 3) organic baby food doesn't justify the expense in many cases.

In the end, foods produced organically or conventionally contain the same types and amounts of vitamins and minerals. All produce must meet standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Your baby will consume lower levels of pesticides and fewer pesticides if eating organic. The cost, however, can be prohibitive for some. Both conventional baby food and organic baby food are safe and healthy for your baby. The choice remains yours.

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