I read an article last week.
I sighed when I saw the title: “I’m not a bad mom because I feed my child conventional and GMO foods.“
I sighed because I get so tired of the “mommy wars” – the way we make each other feel insecure because we choose one thing over the other, we become prideful and boastful. We belittle others who choose differently for their families…
I read the article, which is a good article for setting some facts straight about some common misconceptions on organic food. However there was one thing that I just did not agree with.
I’ll start off with the things I agree with in the article.
1) No one is a bad parent because they feed their kids conventional or GMO food – We eat our fair share (my kids live off of Cheerios, lol)
2) Yes there are “myths” about organic food – however, anyone that is looking into making the change should be doing their own research about the topic, thus finding out the truth for themselves. I appreciate her setting things straight.
3) YES!! By all means PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FARMERS!! We are huge supporters of our local farmers market. YES! Plant gardens with your kids and let them learn where their food comes from. The best thing we can do for ourselves, not just our kids, is to eat a wide variety of real foods.
Ok, now for the thing I disagree with. Which really boils down to whether or not organic is better for you. This is a personal opinion. It depends on your convictions.
As far as whether or not organic is better for you, I guess it would depend on what exactly you are looking for. We’ve established that the nutrition value is about the same. But what about toxins? Yes, organic food is often treated with pesticides but from this article that I read it is stated that a “Stanford study did reveal that organic produce is 30 percent less likely to be contaminated with pesticides than conventional fruits and vegetables” also note that “They revealed that there were lower levels of pesticide residues in the urine of children on organic diets, though both organic and conventional diet levels of urinary pesticides were in the allowable safety limits.”
Um… Allowable safety limits??!?!? I like what I read in this article – a quote from Dr. Michelle Hauser (a certified chef, nutrition educator, and clinical fellow in medicine at Harvard Medical School) “Just because these foods aren’t going over what they call an ‘acceptable limit’ doesn’t mean they’re safe for everyone”.
There needs to be more research. But personally, I don’t want to be their guinea pig.
To be completely honest, I’m more concerned about GMO’s than I am on whether or not the food I eat is organic. Granted, eating organic does help limit my intake of GMO’s. If you are unfamiliar with Genetically Modified Organisms please read this, then proceed to do as much research as you can to inform yourself.
I have to say, that for myself, I do feel guilt every time my family eats something that I know has GMO’s in it. Because I have done my research, and unfortunately, once you learn something you cannot unlearn it. (Sorry Yoda, you can’t always unlearn what you have learned.)
However eating organic does not ensure that you are eating GMO free. (Click here for more details)
So no, family, friends, strangers. You are not a bad parent for feeding your kids conventional or GMO food. You are not a bad parent if you send your kids to public school. You are not a bad parent if you gave your sweet baby formula. We all have convictions. What God lays on my heart may not be what He lays on your heart. What works for my family, may not work for yours. None of us are bad, just different. All sinners in need of grace. In need of a Savior. Pray and seek God’s direction in all your parenting decisions. Allow His Holy Spirit to lead you. It is ok for us to all be different in how we raise our families.
It is not ok to become prideful - Proverbs 11:2 ESV “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.”
Or boastful - James 4:16 ESV “As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.”
Or to bash each other because we are different - Romans 12:3 ESV “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.”
I am just a sinner saved by grace through faith in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am trying to do the best I can as a wife and mother in this fallen world. I am depending on God to get me through each and every day. We are taking baby steps to do what we feel led to do as a family. Whether that is eating more organic, less GMO’s, ridding our home of toxins, homeschooling, breastfeeding, etc. It is what is we feel led to do. What is God calling you to do? Have you turned it over to Him?