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So who uses organic food for their babies?

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Flossam Wed 09-Mar-05 19:28:07

Not wishing to start a row (fingers crossed for peaceful thread emoticon!!) but was wondering how many people use organic veg etc when making own babies foods? I'm thinking about starting to prepare a few different things to freeze ready for a couple of months time!

TracyK Wed 09-Mar-05 19:29:04

I try to - although more relaxed than I was from 6-10 mo.

Twiglett Wed 09-Mar-05 19:35:11

yes when first weaning .. most especially carrots as remember reading about how chemical fertilizers seep through into the actual carrot, past the skin

as they get older I'm slightly less bothered tbh about everything but carrots

now how much sense does that make???

jackeroo Wed 09-Mar-05 19:39:20

i try to as well... i know it's more expensive but think it's worth it. if i can't get organic i don't panic though.

Flossam Wed 09-Mar-05 19:39:35

I'd heard that about not just the skin too Twiglett. Makes perfect sense! Yes thought I'd be strict about it for the first 6 months ish.

Meggymoo Wed 09-Mar-05 19:41:18

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piffle Wed 09-Mar-05 19:46:13

I did too, if buying prepared food I always buy organic, I've only ever bought fruit purees though
dd is now 28 mths and she eats with us so by default we eat mostly organic where we can.
I heard about carrots too, have not touched in inorganic one since!!
And milk for the omega 3

Monkeysmom Thu 10-Mar-05 09:34:06

I cook for my 11 mo using only organic ingredients. The veg.and fruit selection is small and I don't always find everything I need. Then, I use the un-organic stuff.
Meat is very expensive and only buy organic for him, otherwise I would not be able to afford it. For a baby quantities are so small and it is worth it. Milk is always organic.

sweetkitty Thu 10-Mar-05 09:37:24

Always organic jars if I'm giving her one.

Organic milk and cheese and mostly organic veg although I don't sweat if I can't get organic.

I personally do think you can get too carried away by whats in foods everything seems to have a health risk these days it's completely baffling.

hunkermunker Thu 10-Mar-05 09:38:44

Meat always, veg and fruit almost always, bread mostly, pasta and things hardly ever, milk always always - read somewhere (think in Gina !) that non-organic milk is 30% mucus, whereas organic was 5% because of the diet they give the cows...

soapbox Thu 10-Mar-05 09:40:22

If you live in the delivery area \link{http://www.abel-cole.co.uk/default.aspx?tab=Catalogue&menu1=1&menu2=49abeland cole} do a weaning box which provides a good mix of fruit and veg suitable for weaning.



We all eat organic in my family - if its good enough for the children its good enough for me

soapbox Thu 10-Mar-05 09:41:08

Oops I'll try again with that link


abel and cole

RudyDudy Thu 10-Mar-05 09:41:52

As much as possible - sometimes think he eats better than we do! But think the same as meggymoo that I want to get the best possible stuff into him now whilst I have the say so and before he discovers he has free will and there's a magical land of sweets and burgers out there!

Bozza Thu 10-Mar-05 10:11:37

Well I don't - I never have really. I give both kids a healthy balanced diet with loads of fresh fruit/veg but have never bothered with organic and have never bought baby food in jars.

Marina Thu 10-Mar-05 10:47:00

We prioritise dairy (especially milk) and fruit and veg in our house, becoming less preoccupied with all organic meat as I am starting to think I'd sooner buy good British pork from e.g. Waitrose than pork from Denmark which may have been organically reared but still comes from tethered sows with a fairly crappy existence.
Tend also to think that British lamb from named farms of good reputation is nearly as good as organic. Will only buy organic beef and chicken though. Will only buy organic salmon as well.
I'm with Soapbox - if it's good enough for ds and dd it's good enough for us.

bundle Thu 10-Mar-05 10:51:56

there's a fabulous butcher near us, where the stuff isn't organic but has the same preoccupations about welfare that marina mentioned. do like organic milk though, have done blind tasting and definitely preferred it. veggies - depends what mood i'm in, but carrots nearly always organic, strangely..

Marina Thu 10-Mar-05 11:04:56

We used to have a butchers' like that bundle then we moved. They sourced all their meat from well-run Kentish farms and their products were all free-range at the very least. They took the line that some imported organic meat was just off the price scale for local shoppers (this was SE London ) and it was a pragmatic and tasty solution...

bundle Thu 10-Mar-05 11:09:15

marina, these are mainly scottish beef cattle and you get the feeling they "know" their names . there's always a massive queue outside, but it is in highbury, dahhhling....
btw, i'd heard that opting for non-organic lamb shouldn't be such an issue because of the way sheep live they're less likely to be intensively reared & therefore less full of yuk things

aloha Thu 10-Mar-05 11:13:33

Organic milk and cheese...good meat (not always organic but from decent farms) but no, not all organic.

Chandra Thu 10-Mar-05 11:14:37

I did during the first year and relaxed a bit afterwards especially because being organic, many vegetables are not available at certain times of the year

WideWebWitch Thu 10-Mar-05 22:32:03

I haven't read the rest of the thread but we buy organic food for all of us, not just the baby.

moondog Thu 10-Mar-05 22:39:39

Dh (works in agriculture and presently doing an MSc in Sustainable Agriculture) tells me that there is not that much difference with organic/non organic when it comes to lamb and beef. It's the pork and chicken that you really have to worry about.
BTW 'The Little Food Book' is an excellent source for small digestible (excuse the pun!) essays on various aspects of food production (Antibiotics, GM,Slow Food Movement, stuff like that.)

What interests and perplexes me is people who give their children formula, and then make a big song and dance about organic food when weaning ('Moondog!!! Give it a bloody rest!!!' I hear you shout.)

That 30% mucous thing (source??) has freaked me out. Second time today. I'm still freaking out thinking of those constipated kids vomiting shit!!!

HUNKERMUNKER Thu 10-Mar-05 22:46:04

What about organic formula, MD?

mizmiz Thu 10-Mar-05 22:47:51

OK...marginally more acceptable (marginally mind)...

I'm sure people think I'm barking....

milge Thu 10-Mar-05 22:51:32

for the first 6 months of weaning, everything organic, when they started eating the same as us then:
Organic : Milk, carrots, generally chicken
Locally produced/traceable( ie from identified farms etc): beef, lamb, eggs, pork
Veg: no organic box scheme locally, so generally from Mr Tesco's, buying uk/local in preference to shipped zambian organic

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