The world is becoming an increasingly hostile place to raise children. I could really get into a lot, here, write a book about it even.
But today I’m only talking about one thing: Should you be considering the difference between conventional and organic products for your baby? Is it possible that this decision could be the difference between health and disease?
What Is This New Organic Life?
Moms everywhere are jumping on the organic bandwagon. The stereotypes are starting to blend together. Hippy, crunchy, young, attachment, millennial, natural, and those who just identify as Organic Moms all have one agenda. Our priorities have aligned in an effort to raise healthy babies.
Whether you are in it because it seemed like the thing to do, or because you were scared of the increasing numbers of kids being born with and developing issues that were considered rare 30 years ago, one thing is true: The demand for products that conform to the new organic life standard is skyrocketing.
You Turned Out Fine
We’re not in Kansas anymore. In other words, the world has changed a lot since your grandma was growing up. Back in the days of happy ignorance, parents didn’t give a second thought to how the new chemicals that were making products better would affect anyone in the future. The thought was a general, this is how I was raised and look at me, I turned out fine. And twenty years later when their children were having children, and the new mom decided, maybe I’ll do it this new organic way, her parents were still sticking with, this is how we raised you and look at you, you turned out fine.
Health Status Of The Average American Child
But the fact of the matter is, things have changed dramatically. Statistically speaking, childhood disease is on the rise. Chromosome disorders, obesity, autoimmune diseases and immune deficiencies, deadly food allergies, childhood cancers, and disorders like autism which have no scientific test to diagnose are growing at alarming rates. As a parent, you don’t really even have to be paying that close attention to know this. Just take a look around.
Red Flags All Over The Place
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand why there’s a movement towards organic living. When chemicals in artificial sweeteners, and fire retardants and artificial flavors, preservatives and colors were first being put into our food we were assured it was safe. And who wouldn’t believe the officials put in charge of keeping us safe? When big corporations first started using glyphosate (a pesticide that initially killed the crops it was sprayed on) we didn’t question its safety because, again, the 'officials' assured us we had nothing to worry about.
But times, they are a changing. In the age of GMO (Genetically Modified Organism), some questions have been asked. Particularly, if your pesticide is safe, then why is it killing your crop? And how is genetically modifying it changing anything with regard to safety?
Again and again, we are told not to worry. The chemicals are “food grade.” The colors are “food grade.” Fire retardant won’t hurt you in small amounts. Glyphosate does not affect human cells.
Yes, I said fire retardants in food … Google it. And let’s not talk about what affect glyphosate has on the human microbiome (non-human microbes that sustain human life). And all of that, just one grain of sand on a planet covered in it.
As Parents, We All Want The Best For Our Babies
If not, what would be the reason for the slow but sure migration towards a higher demand for organic products? With the exception of a few followers who generally do what their neighbors do, this cannot just be a fad.
The supply for products that aren’t poisoning our future generations is sure to continue to grow with the demand. And this is a good thing. Moms and dads everywhere have spoken.
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