Babies and toddlers go through dramatic growth and cognitive development in the ﬁrst two years of life, a process dependent on adequate nutrition and a healthy environment.
Organic food contains higher nutrient levels, including higher levels of antioxidants, with fewer harmful substances (1).
On the contrary, conventional farming methods produce foods with higher heavy metals, antibiotics, hormones, and genetically modiﬁed (GMO) ingredients. As the immune system is still developing, babies are more susceptible to chemicals and pesticides found in foods farmed conventionally. This, in turn, may have a negative impact on their health and development (2).
There are a number of studies linking pesticide exposure in children with an increase in learning disabilities and behavioural issues such as Attention Deﬁcit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (3).
Wherever possible, preference should be given to provide babies and children with organic food to ensure they are met with the best start in life.