Genetically Modified Foods And Children
How to safeguard children from pesticides and genetically modified foods.
Genetically Modified Foods ( GMFs ) have arrived and are here to stay. About 60 % of our processed foods contain GMFs. A young child's brain, immune system and body is developing for the first 2 years of his life. If he eats GMFs, there's no telling whether there may be gene damage caused by the GMFs. Children have lesser capability to metabolize, detoxify and excrete chemicals and toxins. If there's any damage to a child's genetic makeup, it is irreparable. You have to safeguard your child's health by minimizing if not eliminating his exposure to GMFs.
Shop for products. It is faster, accurate and more convenient to ask your supermarket for a list of their organic produce / products. Before cooking, all vegetables should be thoroughly washed in water to remove soluble pesticides residues. Whenever possible, peel all fruits and vegetables. Avoid buying processed foods as these almost always contain GMFs. Since there are no laws requiring the labeling of GMFs, they escape into our menu in the form of many ingredients. GMFs are usually found in soya flour, corn flour, corn syrup, vegetable oil and fats, maize, starch, yeast and maltodextrin.
Children should never be fed raw foods like sushi and undercooked eggs which may contain the parasite salmonella. Children's immune and nervous systems are still developing during their first few years of life and may be adversely affected by the toxins within food.
Children can only tolerate low levels of pesticides. There is very little research and evidence on the effects of pesticides on children. However, it is known that infants and toddlers cannot tolerate the level of pesticides in even the skin of 1 apple or peach. The child will be exceeding his safe daily dose of consumed pesticide by 3 times. That is why it is safer to peel fruits and vegetables before feeding them to children.
Whenever you are eating out, it is better to avoid giving kids raw fruits, vegetables or salads. The skins may not have been washed thoroughly to remove the pesticide residues. It may also happen that the produce has a higher concentration of pesticides because of agriculture practices. Washing may not be able to remove all pesticides so ultimately, we still have to consume some pesticide. Exactly how much pesticides your kids eat depends on their diet and the components of greens and fruits.
For babies, there is a wide range of competitively priced organic foods. The demand for organic baby food has been high so the prices are lower for baby food than for green groceries. If we want our organic green groceries to be competitively priced too, we need to support the consumption of organic food.