Healthy Kids: Teach Our Next Generation About Organic Foods

PBS KIDS' and Whole Foods Market's Fantastic Organic Web Site For Healthier FamiliesThis month, PBS KIDS® and Whole Foods Market® announced a campaign and set of online resources dedicated to helping families learn to explore organic foods: Fantastic Organic.

The Fantastic Organic web site hosts healthy recipes, videos, and information resources. Want to learn how to read an organic food label or find a local farmers market? Looking for healthy afternoon snacks for your young pups? Fantastic Organic’s got you covered.

You can also hook your kiddos up with fun games, like Grocery Store Bingo and Hectic  Harvest. (I lost a few strawberry plants in my first round, but I’m determined to do better next time.)

The site hosts a couple of information-packed reports: Top 10 Reasons to Go Organic! and Organic FAQs, which taught me exactly what “organic” means…

Organic agriculture is an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and utilizes management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony. “Organic” is a labeling term that denotes products produced under the authority of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Organic Rule. The principal guidelines for organic production are to use materials and practices that enhance the ecological balance of natural systems and that integrate the parts of the farming system into an ecological whole.

…and provided a list of the best products to look for when you decide to incorporate organic food into your diet.

Consumers wishing to experiment with organic produce should start with basic commodity items, such as apples, pears, oranges, broccoli, green beans, cucumbers and tomatoes. Because these items are in ample supply from organic farmers, consumers will notice the least price differences versus conventional produce; whereas, exotic or specialty produce will command a higher premium if it is difficult to grow organically.

(On a related note, here are a few tips for eating organic on a budget!)

Recent research suggests that kids with healthy diets have higher IQs. And now that they’re back in school, our little ones need all the help they can get! Check out Fantastic Organic to help you teach them (and yourself) more about organic’s benefits and how to shop for and use organic products.

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