Pregnancy and organic food

Organic food must follow a strict set of guidelines to gain organic certification.

Reasons to eat organic foods are:

  • It tastes better.
  • Non-organic produce is covered in chemicals, which are not all removed by rinsing. Not something you would want to put into your body or that of your baby or child.
  • It is not genetically modified.
  • Organic milk is higher in Omega 3, Vitamins A and E and anti-oxidants than non-organic milk.
  • Organic meat is free from chemicals and the animals will have been well treated.
  • Organic eggs will come from free-range birds.
  • It's better for the environment.

Organic food is more readily available than ever before. Large supermarkets have a wide variety of organic produce. But whilst this falls within the guidelines to be classed as organic, it is not always the greenest option. Supermarket food is usually transported a great distance.

Local Organic Farmers

A more environmentally friendly option is to visit local farmers markets, use local suppliers and farm shops or grow your own.

Local farmers markets are usually held once a month. Though take into consideration that the food may not be able to be classed as organic, if the smaller suppliers cannot afford to pay for certification.

There are more and more farm shops opening now, stocking a wide range of foods. Local suppliers may deliver food in the form of food boxes. These will contain seasonal produce.

To search for a scheme in your area take a look at :

Grow Your Own Organic Food

Growing your own can be great fun and a good way to get children to eat fruit and veg. Try the wide range of seeds available or do what we do and try to grow our own from fruit pips and veg seeds that we have collected and see the results.

For information on growing your own fruit and veg take a look at :

Keep away slugs and snails by putting egg shells and lemon peelings round plants. You can create your own compost to use by getting a compost bin and putting in tea bags, tissues, egg shells, fruit and veg peelings, grass cuttings and leaves and branches. To order a low cost compost bin visit Recycle Now >>

You can visit 'pick your own' farms where children (and adults) can pick a variety of fruits. To find one in your area take a look at the Wellbeing Directory >>

Remember to always wash fruit and vegetables well before eating, especially if you are pregnant.

For more more information on organic produce :

 

Or read Imperfectly Natural Baby and Toddler >> by Janey Lee Grace.