Very vocative article on Organic Valley about Organic foods and the impact on developing fetuses and children [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]Protecting Pregnancy and Beyond: Practice Precaution
Melinda Hemmelgarn, M.S., R.D.
Katsi Cook, a Native American midwife, describes a woman's body as “the first environment.” (1) The concept makes sense when you think about it. After all, in a mother’s womb, a couple of cells miraculously develop into a kicking, breathing, viable human being. Next, breast milk often becomes a baby’s sole nourishment for at least the next few weeks of life.
“Whatever a pregnant woman is exposed to,” explains Cook, “her baby may also be exposed to; the placenta does not protect the fetus from environmental contaminants.”
This is why the quality of the food we eat, air we breathe and water we drink are of utmost importance, especially during pregnancy and lactation. The quality of our baby’s uterine environment and nourishment depends upon our personal food choices, as well as the larger environments in which we work and live.
Ecologist, author, and organic advocate, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., uses the term “chemical trespass” to describe the 200 or so industrial and agricultural chemicals that show up in the bodies of virtually all Americans, including umbilical cord blood, proving that our newborns enter the world “pre-polluted” through no choice of their own. (2,3,4)
Steingraber further explains how young children’s rapidly growing bodies “are literally assembled from the environments they inhabit. Every minute, the whole ecological world is streaming through them and becoming them.” (4)
Pound for pound, “ says Steingraber, “children breathe more air, drink more water, [and] eat more food,” compared to adults. And chronic childhood diseases, such as asthma, learning disabilities, ADHD and austism are linked to toxic chemical exposures in the womb and early childhood. (4) [i]