(BPT) – If you’re a parent, you’ve probably come across ongoing debates regarding the term ‘organic’ and what should go into your child’s body. But, what about organic versus non-GMO? A recent study from Perrigo Nutritionals revealed that more than half of moms didn’t know that organic is inherently non-GMO.
So, what’s the real difference? Simply put, organic is always non-GMO, but, unlike non-GMO, products labeled organic also guarantee:
* No use of toxic pesticides or chemical/synthetic fertilizers.
* No use of antibiotics or synthetic hormones, artificial flavors, colors and preservatives.
* Support for organic farming practices and animal health and welfare.
* Regulated by the federal government under the USDA (non-GMO products are not regulated and can vary based on the company or third party making the claim).
“It’s important to understand the difference between these labels so you can make the right nutritional decisions for you family,” says Jessica Turner, best-selling author and founder of the Mom Creative blog.
Looking beyond the non-GMO label doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing approach, especially since purchasing all organic can add up quick. As a mother of three, Turner believes the following products are worth the extra splurge for organic instead of just non-GMO for your child.
As a child starts eating solids, many organizations such as The Environmental Working Group recommend always going organic when it comes to the ‘dirty dozen’ such as apples, bell peppers, peaches, etc. to avoid pesticides. Purchasing baby food jars or packets? Make sure you look for the USDA Certified Organic label, not just a non-GMO certified label to avoid all those chemicals.
Milk is a nutrient powerhouse when it comes to your child’s nutrition with vitamin D, calcium and protein, but unfortunately it can sometimes contain not-so-good ingredients. Organic milk brands like Organic Valley have absolutely no antibiotics, synthetic hormones, toxic pesticides or GMO anything. Going organic also supports a better life for the cows since they have access to pastures (another thing not guaranteed by only purchasing non-GMO).
According to the Perrigo Nutritionals study, 43 percent of moms said they purchased organic foods for their babies when they started eating solids, but only 10 percent purchased organic infant formula. So why not choose organic for your baby from the very beginning? Choosing organic brands like Earth’s Best or Honest may be worth the extra investment since it will ensure you are avoiding pesticides and hormones- something not guaranteed by just the non-GMO label.
Skin care products that go on a baby’s skin, like lotion, diaper cream, shampoo and soap, are being absorbed into their bloodstream. Since their skin is more porous than adults, products from organic/natural lines such as Burt’s Bees or Seventh Generation may be worth the extra splurge to ensure your child is being exposed to the least number of chemicals as possible.
At the end of the day, if you’re not sure, err on the side of buying organic since organic is always non-GMO, plus more. For more information on organic versus non-GMO, visit www.choose-organic.com.
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Mobad Media transforms Brianne Drouhard’s charming children’s book into an extraordinary 3D experience for the iPad, iPhone, and Mac.
Billie the Unicorn seeks adventure! She leaves her cornfield for the forest where her friendly cousins – Rhubarb and Smudge – grow delightful flowers like magic. Soon Billie learns that gardening takes both skill and love.
However, the legend of a Queen’s castle, which holds the world’s grandest garden, lures Billie away! But will Billie discover that friendship matters the most?
Praise for the 3D Story App:
★ “This one is a must-have! The beauty of this all is in the illustrations that really do appear to be in 3D. Tilt and turn your device to see the environment interact with you in ways you haven’t seen before. This is the kind of app that requires you to take the time to tap and swipe around the screen because there are so many interactive features you won’t be able to keep track.” – PadGadget
★ “Billie the Unicorn embodies everything there is to like about iPad storybook apps. It’s full of amazing, and I really mean amazing, illustrations, that really do appear to be in 3D, even without the use of those annoying glasses. It’s just awesome. My kids really had a blast with it. I LOVE the way that they give kids the ability to get help along the way if they choose to read it themselves. After a few days with Billie the Unicorn in 3D, my kids have gone through it numerous times, sometimes trying to read the story, sometimes just listening to the story, every time enjoying the story.” – The iPad Fan
★ “Editor’s Choice: Children and parents alike are going to fall in love with Billie The Unicorn. This universal book by Mobad Games merges stunning artwork with a delightful story to share the tale of Billie as she finds true friendship and purpose in life. Between the gorgeous artwork, 3D effects, and the charming story, Billie The Unicorn will become a favorite for every family who downloads it. The artwork alone in this book is worth adding to the library, but the story makes it that much better.” – AppTudes
★ “My kids loved the 3D experience of this story. It was fun to watch them interact with the story and really get involved. The pictures, music and narration were great! You don’t want to miss the 3D feature, you will surely be amazed!” – iHeartThisApp
★ “The illustrations and colors used in this book app are quite impressive. Objects take on a 3D feel with no need for special eyewear. Additionally, the story has some interactive elements and a good overall tale.” – And Twins Make 5
★ “The story really kept my kids engaged, even my 2 year old was tapping all over the screen and grabbing to turn it this way and that, trying to ‘help’ his siblings.” – 3 Boys and a Dog
Praise for the hardcover release:
“It’s not often that something makes you go ‘aaaaaww,’ ‘cooooool,’ and ‘ha ha ha ha ha’ all at the same time. The world seriously needs more of the cute/awesome/funny work of Brianne Drouhard!” – Lauren Faust, Executive Producer, My Little Pony animated series.
“More stunning work from Brianne Drouhard, a.k.a. The Best Kept Secret in Animation.” — Chris Battle, The Powerpuff Girls
“Brianne is an amazing talent. A mixture of influences combined into something new and wholly original!” — Glen Murakami, Cartoon Network’s Superman and Justice League
“If you like pretty twinkly magic, unthinkable depths of lavish colors, organic farming, and horses with horns, boy are you in for a treat! The brilliantly talented marker wielding creator of this universe, Brianne Drouhard, has wrought forth a world of such intense charm and adorableness, that even the coldest hearted football jock will not be able to resist the call to be immersed in this lush and wondrous world.” — Derrick J. Wyatt, Transformers: Animated
“Not only do Brianne’s drawings have great style and flair, they also use classic principles…the whole shebang of good drawing skills, and to top it off, a lot of individuality and fun!” — John Kricfalusi, creator of Ren & Stimpy
Billie the Unicorn in 3D – A Peek ‘n Play Story App