strawberriesYou owe it to yourself to read this article.

Just in case you’re one of those parents that is buying organic – because any amount of extra dough is worth minimizing the risks to your sweet little mini-me – you should read this article.

If you’re buying organic produce believing that organic farmers do not use pesticides, you’ve been believing a lie and you should read this article.

Maybe you’re buying organic produce to pack in Junior’s lunch box and to take to playdates to escape the scorn and guilt from other mommies in the pack; you should read this article and then maybe print it out and distribute it at the next playdate.

And in case you don’t have time to read this article, here’s the main point:

What all this means for parents is that we should stop worrying so much about whether the apples we buy are organic or conventional—we should just start giving our kids more apples. (And, sure, wash them when you can.) The Environmental Working Group agrees: In the first sentence of the executive summary of its 2013 Shoppers Guide to Produce, the organization points out that “the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure.” What’s more, irrational fears over conventionally farmed produce can introduce dangerous trade-offs.As University of Michigan decision psychologist Brian Zikmund-Fisher put it to me, “If you don’t feed your kid the ‘right strawberry,’ what do you feed him?” I’ve walked into markets with a hungry kid and been so afraid to buy the conventional apple that I’ve gotten him a snack pack of Annie’s Crackers instead. And I know there are parents who buy the Peter Rabbit Organics Fruit Pouches at Starbucks because they don’t know whether the bananas on display are organic. These aren’t smart moves. It is far, far better for your kids’ long-term health to get them in the habit of eating whole fruits and vegetables, regardless of what type of farm they came from, than to give them pretty much anything else to eat, no matter how organic or all-natural it may be.

But seriously … read this article!

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