Mothers and Babies - why you should eat organic
There is always some kind of food scare in the papers at the
moment. There are so many issues surrounding food these days,
like pesticides, GM foods and even water pollution. Because of
this many parents have started to look for wholesome, safe food
to feed their families.
Many health professionals and parents have started to realise
the importance of a good diet when raising your children, especially
in their first years. Also when trying to become pregnant, or
when you are pregnant, the best possible nourishment is needed.
During the weaning period when children start eating solids instead
of just milk, it is crucial to get their diets right.
When trying to become pregnant or during your pregnancy it
is essential that you get the right amount of nourishment, eating
a balanced diet containing reasonable amounts of carbohydrate,
fat, protein, vitamins and minerals every day.
Here is a short guide to what foods contain and what we should
be eating to get the essential nourishment:
- For a range of minerals eat fresh fruit, vegetables and well-washed
- For protein and minerals eat meat, eggs, fish, beans, nuts,
peas and lentils.
- For energy, vitamins, minerals & fibre eat bread and
- For protein, vitamins and calcium eat milk and milk products.
- Try and eat at least five portions of either fruit or vegetables
Folic acid has been shown to help prevent spina bifida. Folic
acid can be found in these foods:
Before you start trying for a baby you should start taking
a daily supplement of Folic Acid, you should also continue to
take the supplement during early pregnancy. However having too
much vitamin A can be toxic, so you need to avoid foods like
liver and liver products (but you can eat these foods occasionally
after 12 weeks).
When eating eggs they should be well cooked, also dairy products
should be pasteurised. To avoid risk of infection try not to
eat soft cheeses, pate's, un-pasteurised or blue veined cheeses.
Also a daily intake of Iron is important for mother and baby
to help red blood cell formation. The kinds of foods iron is
found in is fish, meat, poultry, fruit and vegetables and cereal,
a daily supplement can be prescribed if your diet is not giving
you enough iron.
If you eat organic food during your pregnancy you also help
to ensure that the body remains free of toxins. Many synthetic
chemicals exist in the environment, food and water supply chains,
chemicals that did not exist 100 years ago. The term "organic"
is strictly defined by law. Synthetic fertilisers, herbicide
or pesticides are not used in the growth of organic food, neither
is the use of antibiotics and growth promoters in animals. These
artificial methods are not used in organic farming and food production.
Instead methods that give healthy, fertile soil, growing a mixture
of the right crops that encourages a diversity of beneficial
insects and other wildlife, all contributes to healthy organic
food and unpolluted countryside.
If you choose to eat organic food you can ensure that your
body is not exposed to lots of toxins. Also the organic ingredients
used in a baby foods are not allowed to contain regular processing
aids (such as maltodextrin and flavourings).
Why should you choose organic food for your children? here
are a few reasons:
- The regulation for the amount of pesticide residues found
in non-organic baby foods, are based on the 'acceptable' amounts
for adult food, not babies or children's food.
- Babies and children are at a greater risk because their body
systems and organ's are not fully matured, which makes them much
more vunerable to toxins.
- Because babies and children's diets are restricted to just
a few kinds of less processed foods, such as potatoes, apples,
carrots, etc, they may receive higher exposures.
- Children are at their most vulnerable from conception till
one year old. This critical time in their development means that
cells are multiplying at their peak, and yet what happens if
the body has limited diet to draw upon?
- Baby's have a better digestive system for absorbing foods
compared with adults, this enables the nutrients to be used more
quickly but also making the body more vulnerable to toxins.
- Kidneys in a child or a baby's body are not fully grown and
developed which means the child or baby can not extract harmful
substances as well, they circulate in their bodies for longer.
- Babies and children are more vulnerable to pesticide residues
because of their special physiology, in the same way we suspect
that GM foods can have an even greater impact on children and
babies compared to adults. The very best way you can protect
yourself and your child from all these possible problems is to
eat organic. Organic foods are grown without GM seeds that are
becoming widely available to non-organic farmers.
There are many places popping up all over the country where
you can by organic food. Most supermarkets and independent shops
stock some organic produce. There is also a growing number of
organic veggie 'box schemes' available. These veggie box schemes
are really great because you can eat local produce that is grown
on an organic farm near you, this supports your local farmer
and doesn't have food miles like many products in supermarkets.
The vegetables are fresh every week and if you need more information
all you have to do is ask your farmer. To search for local veggie
box schemes and shops please check out my organic directory -
For food to be certified as organic it need to be inspected
annually by an authorised body like the Soil Association. The
Soil Association is the leading organic certification body in
the UK, and their organic symbol is only given to food produced
according to their rigorous standards. There are a number of
standards that organic food producers have to comply with including,
farm animal welfare, environmental criteria, growing methods,
packaging and processing.
As a parent can you think of anything more important than
the health and welfare of your child or children? The food that
we give to our families is a mayor part of this, and it affects
their development. health, and future happiness. this is why
we need to make sure that we give them the very best possible
start in life - so eat organic!
Local Farmers Markets Boom & Organic Food Sales Grows
by £2.3 Million a Week!
Released 14th November 2005
There has been a huge increase in organic food sales. Last
year organic food and products sales grew and reached £1.213
billion, which is an 11% increase from the previous year. According
to statistics released by the Soil Association this growth in
sales equates to £2.3 million a week.
The most comprehensive review of the organic sector was carried
out this year by the Soil Association, and called "The Soil
Associations Organic Market Report 2005". This report highlights
that the sales in organic food and products via box schemes,
farmers markets and farm shops, has grown by 33% in 2004. independent
retail shops sales also rocketed, and increased by 43%. The supermarket
share of the market actually fell to 75%, from 81%. However,
the supermarket's still account for £913 million in sales.
The key findings in this report were:
- The appeal of organic food and products is widening. it is
not only the people who are high earners and the middle classes
that buy organic food now, with over half of those in lower income
groups actually buying some organic food and products.
- Even though there has been a static birth rate from 2003
to 2004, the increase in sales of organic baby food has grown
6% 9from 2003 to 2004). Compared with 1.5% increase for non-organic
baby foods over the same period of time. Organic baby food has
a sales value of £51 million in 2004, and accounts for
over half of the total baby food market, compared with £49
million for non-organic baby meals.
- A worrying 1% increase in imported organic food and products,
with some leading supermarkets switching from UK produced organic
salad, beef and pork.
This report shows that their is a good increase in organic
food and products, and the popularity of organic food is growing.
This shows a bright future for the organic market. Many people
are very eager to buy food from local producers rather than food
that has lots of "food miles". This is good news for
local producers, farmers markets, etc.
Supermarkets are responding two ways to the growing organic
food market, with some acting positively, but others choosing
to import instead of buying local. The imported beef etc may
be cheaper but it means an increase in "food miles"
and are often produced to a lower standard of animal welfare.This
is an area the Government need to concentrate on and get the
major supermarkets to take their targets seriously!
Number of Registered Organic and In-Conversion Producers
in the UK
(January 2003 - 2005)
Number of registered organic and in-conversion
% change to January 2005
% of UK total
Yorkshire and Humberside
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Ethical Air Freight of Organic Food
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Soil Association Organic Market Report -
Organic Food Sales Soar
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The Soil Association Organic Food Festival
Organic Awards - Winners Announced
Organic Milk and Cheese Sales Rise
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Is it on the Label?
M&S Turning Green
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Opinion Split over Organic Food
Organic Farmers etc Reply to Doubt Cast
Ethical Spending (eg. Organic Food) is at
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Devon - Voted The No. 1 Organic County!
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Launch of New Similac Organic Formula Milk
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The Importance of Locally Produced Food
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Raising Awareness of Organic Food
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Mothers and Babies - why you should eat
Local Farmers Markets Boom & Organic
Food Sales Grows by £2.3 Million a