July 15th, 2011
UPDATE: A winner was selected at random via Random.org: congrats to Catherine! Thank you all for sharing what organic means to you. It’s heartening to see that so many of you understand why it’s important to prioritize going organic as best you can. I love you guys! xo
If you dig deep enough, you’ll find dirt on almost any big company. But big companies are a real part of life and so, if you ask me, it’s super cool when they do good stuff. (I am, after all, someone who had a career in children’s television.)
Stonyfield Organic is one of those companies. Their commitment to promoting the organic movement to a wider (even global!) audience is super cool. Important, even. So when they reached out to offer me—and one of you!—a “Summer in a Box” package filled with goodies from them and other companies committed to organic and natural products, I couldn’t say no.
I just got my Summer in a Box yesterday and can’t believe the amazing stuff in there!
Hello! Non-fat vanilla and chocolate Stonyfield frozen yogurt dipped in organic dark chocolate—yes please!
Serious biz, right? I know it’s not all food, but that’s part of why I was drawn to do this giveaway (something you know I don’t do often or lightly). The importance of the organic movement is more than just about the foods we eat. It’s about supporting organic farming, products and brands, many of which (the farms and the brands) are still small and struggling to keep up with the mega conventional brands. How cool that Stonyfield recognizes that and partners with and promotes a broader understanding of what it means to go organic?!
For a chance to win your own Summer in a Box all you have to do is tell us what organic means to you.
For me, organic farming not only protects the earth and the water supply so our children have a cleaner and safer world to grow up in, but it also keeps potentially harmful chemicals out of our kids’ especially vulnerable bodies. While we can all benefit from limiting our exposure to the chemicals that lace conventionally farmed foods, it’s that much more important for little ones who eat a much higher proportion of fruits, vegetables and dairy compared to their body mass than adults. According to the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Academy of Sciences, standard chemicals are up to 10 times more toxic for children than for adults!
There’s more. According to a US government fact sheet, in blood samples of children aged 2 to 4 years, concentrations of pesticides are 6 times higher for those kids eating conventionally farmed fruits and vegetables when compared with those kids eating organic foods. The Centers for Disease Control reports that one of the main sources of pesticide exposure for children comes from the food they eat.
For me, organic simply means keeping my children healthy.
I know that going organic can seem daunting and, more to the point, expensive!! It’s okay to pick and choose. Dairy is a big one and you can always refer to the (2011) Dirty Dozen list to know which fruits and veggies you should budget extra money for organic. This list also includes the cleanest 15 fruits and veggies which helps you make smart decisions about where to save money in the produce aisle. And, keep in mind that the more we support organic brands and products, the more organic takes hold, the more affordable it can become.
So go ahead: what does organic mean to you?! Leave a comment by next Thursday at 12 noon EST, at which point I’ll choose a winner at random.