Yummy Organics for Kids

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Kids can look for the little circular green label that reads USDA Organic at the store. Organic food tastes better, is more nutritious, and is better for the environment. At the Farmers Market, kids can ask the sellers where their farms are located. Whole Foods Market has signs stating the name and location of the farms. Locally produced organic food is fresher, sold in season, and is greener, creating sustainable local agriculture. The organic seal certifies that products have been grown and handled according to strict procedures, without toxic chemicals. Babies are especially sensitive to health risks from pesticides because their internal organs are still developing. Studies have shown that organic fruit and vegetables have up to 40% more antioxidants and vitamins than conventionally grown produce. Kids need that extra energy from their food for growth and learning. According to a recent study at Emory University, the amount of toxic pesticides in children’s urine was dramatically and immediately lowered after they switched from a diet of conventionally grown food to one with organic foods. Organic farming also creates healthy soil and protects our water resources from being contaminated. Kids can visit organic farms and pick their own produce. Organic farmers work in harmony with Nature, rotate their crops, preserve heirloom seeds, sustain wildlife, and open a new market for small producers. Kids can hold taste tests to compare local organic in season produce and conventional produce to show that organic tastes the most delicious.

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