s Baby's Only Organic® USDA Certified Organic®?
Yes, Baby's Only Organic® formulas are Certified Organic by OneCert. OneCert is a USDA approved government agency, similar to Quality Assurance International (QAI). For more information about OneCert, refer to their website at www.onecert.net. OneCert also complies with the new USDA National Organic Standards Program.
How do organic ingredients differ from conventional ingredients?
Organic certification is assurance that the ingredients used in Baby's Only Organic® are not genetically modified, processed with harsh chemicals like sulfur dioxide and hexane, and contain nothing artificial. Organic farming methods prohibit the use of synthetic herbicides & insecticides. Organic dairy farms do not treat cows with bovine growth hormones, steroids, or antibiotics and only feed cows organic grains and grasses. Nature’s One carefully selects all ingredients for purity and quality.
Here is a link to an article that outlines what it takes to be labeled as USDA Certified Organic http://blogs.usda.gov/2016/07/22/understanding-the-usda-organic-label/#more-65798.
Why do children benefit from an organic diet?
The importance of an organic diet is becoming more and more evident, especially for children. Children are most vulnerable to chemical pesticide exposure because they drink more water, eat more food, and breathe more air on a per unit weight basis when compared with adults. Children also metabolize, detoxify, or excrete environmental agents differently than adults. Exposure to harmful pesticides at an early age can cause developmental and behavioral problems. A recent study linked organophosphate pesticide exposure to attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).1 Federal law does not allow organic farmers to use these toxic pesticides.
1. Bouchard MF et al, "Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and urinary metabolites of organophosphate pesticides." Pediatrics, 2010; 125:1270-1277.
Are organic foods more nutritious?
Organic foods may also be more nutritious. Although there continues to be debate about this claim, many studies have reported the nutritional superiority of a number of organic foods versus their non-organic counterparts. For example, organic milk can contain more desirable fatty acids and antioxidants than found in conventionally produced milk.2 Agricultural scientists continue to investigate the nutritional superiority of organically grown foods, especially their higher content of many antioxidants.
1. Butler G et al, "Fatty acid and fat-soluble antioxidant concentrations in milk from high- and low-input conventional organic systems: seasonal variation." J Sci Food Agric. 2008; 88:1431-1441.