I must confess, I used to scoff when a product claimed to be “organic.” I saw organic vegetable seeds in the store one day and just about tripped over my buggy from laughing so hard. I was a skeptic. A dyed-in-the-wool, ain’t-gonna-change, don’t-feed-me-your-liberal-bylines cynic. And then I started studying the food ingredients while finding ways to subdue ADHD symptoms.
And now, I have seen the light.
I’m sure I have said this before, but I will say again how pleased I am with organic products after reading for nights on end about pesticides and chemicals in our foods. My daughter told me not long ago, “Mommy, you are an organic freak! You don’t buy anything that’s not organic!!” I corrected her by pointing out that my efforts are focused more on buying natural products. But as I thought about it later, I gotta admit…she may have nailed it. While not everything I purchase is organic, I do lean toward organic first and natural second.
But the words “natural” and “organic” are not as regulated as we might think. I don’t even believe natural when I see it written on a package. I read the ingredients and determine for myself how natural it actually is. As far as “organic” is concerned, take the time to educate yourself on the regulation for organic foods and products. If you don’t see the USDA organic symbol or the logo of Quality Assurance International on the product itself, think twice.
As I see it, the best argument for organic products is our children’s health. The website Organic: It’s Worth It details some of the reasons organic foods are better for children and links several studies for general consumer information. Children’s developing bodies – organs and reproductive systems – can be harmed by the exposure to pesticides in our foods, much more so than adults. And I already shared the video from the Environmental Working Group that alerts us to the overwhelming amounts of chemicals found in the bloodstreams of newborn babies.
I can’t help but wonder – had I been concerned with natural and organic products ten years ago, would we have fought this ADHD and school conduct battle this year? No, I can’t go back and change what I consumed a decade ago. But I am even more dedicated to organic foods for my children’s benefit now that we have encountered the experience, even if not willingly. I believe this change is happening for a larger reason. The suggestion by the school counselor, the diagnosis, the dietary changes we have begun, and even the attitude and habit changes we have made are all part of something bigger than me. But my participation in this cannot be small. There is simply too much at stake.