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What does "Organic Food" really mean? A Green Answer I Discovered In Ireland

Posted Jun 15 2010 11:42am
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Bill, the charming 3 year old from the video, eating organic yogurt.

Internationally, the most widely held definition of "organic" is food that is farmed or processed without the use of pesticides, antibiotics or genetically altered organisms.

Why should you consider organic food an important choice for your family? Because children's exposure to chemicals at critical stages in their physical and cognitive development may have severe long-term consequences for health. Children are not "little adults", they have special vulnerabilities to the toxic effects of chemicals which have been proven in many reliable studies.

Managing the health of your family begins with the foods they ingest. Ask this question - why would you choose to feed your children toxic chemicals or animal antibiotics?  You should be providing your family with organic foods if your answer is, "I would not allow my children to consume toxic chemicals or animal antibiotics."

According to Wikipedia, "For the vast majority of human history, agriculture can be described as organic; only during the 20th century was a large supply of new synthetic chemicals introduced to the food supply." While in Ireland, I worked with Glenisk *, a family owned organic dairy who takes the effects of toxins in food very seriously. Glenisk's employees believe that adding synthetic chemicals to food is not good for the health of their family or the Irish community.

Discovering if Glenisk's chemical-free, organic yogurt tastes good to a child was an interest of mine while there. I interviewed a little 3 year old boy as he tasted Glenisk's organic yogurt for babies and toddlers to see what his opinion was. Meet Bill, the adorable little boy I spoke with, in the video below:


Building a world that is chemical free seems to be a common sense way to make a difference for human health. Go organic and see the difference it can make for your family's health!

*While Glenisk was my sponsor for an event in Ireland and I used Glenisk yogurt in this video, this post and any related to organic food is not influenced by this business relationship whatsoever. I believe in organic products and feel that a chemical-free food choice should be made available to all human beings.

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