Whether you’re a mom of a newborn, toddler, pre-schooler, elementary age child, middle-schooler, high schooler, college-age or a full-grown adult, you never stop being a mom. You want the best for you child or children and you will see to it that they are the healthiest and happiest that they can be.
Part of being a mom, generally speaking, means that the nutritional trajectory of your child (and often the whole family) rests squarely on your shoulders. You are the “chief cook and bottle-washer” of the household—basically the one who is pivotal to the success of the family team and who will assume multiple roles so that your team wins.
Because moms have high standards for caring for their family, it’s no wonder many moms want to include organic foods on their family’s menus—which is easier than ever to do now that organic has become more mainstream.
But what is organic and why is it preferred by many moms?
Let’s start by outlining what it is not first. Organic is NOT food that has synthetic chemicals in it—including but not limited to pesticides, antibiotics, food additives, irradiation, sewage sludge, and genetically modified elements. (Conventionally raised foods, however, can be produced with these synthetic chemicals.)
What organic is, however, includes achievement of organic certification (usually from the USDA) and being held to the following standards:
- Produce that is raised on farmland that has been chemical-free for a stated number of years--usually at least three
- Farmers whose farm site that has required periodic inspections to assure standards are being met
- Farmers who are required to keep and provide exact production and sales records
- Producers who maintain the strict separation between certified organic products and non-certified products
Organic certification makes organic shopping easier, but also serves to protect consumers from producers who may try to pass off their goods as organic without going through the required standards. You should know, too, that there are organic-related differentiations in food labels—and we will take a look at some of these next week.
In the meantime, isn’t it good to know that someone is minding the farm, so to speak, ensuring that we have wholesome, organic foods for our families?