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American Academy of Pediatrics Weighs in on Organics for Kids

By December 29, 2012

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recently released a clinical report that highlights all the various attributes and benefits of organic foods for children. The Organic Trade Association (OTA) hails this report as great confirmation of the significance of the benefits that organic provides.

The report notes that organics are a good idea because they...

  • Lower exposure to pesticides known to cause disease
  • Lower exposure to drug-resistant bacteria
  • Offer higher beneficial nutrient levels such as Vitamin C, total phenols and phosphorus
  • Lower levels of detrimental substances such as nitrates
  • Offer yields comparable to those of conventional farming techniques while avoiding environmental pollution and reducing fossil fuel consumption
  • Lower pesticide exposure for farm workers
  • Lower overall environmental impact than conventional farming.

Joel Forman, MD, FAAP, a member of the AAP Council on Environmental Health and one of the lead authors of the AAP clinical report, notes, "At this point, we simply do not have the scientific evidence to know whether the difference in pesticide levels will impact a person's health over a lifetime, though we do know that children - especially young children whose brains are developing - are uniquely vulnerable to chemical exposures."

Obviously this new report is another good talking point for organic sellers and growers. Especially since parents are already an excellent target group of consumers for organics.

+ AAP Weighs in for First Time on Organic Foods for Children


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