Organic Fertilizers: Are They Really Safe for Pets & Kids?

April 14, 2014

Organic Fertilizers Are They Really Safe for Pets & KidsOrganic produce is grown without pesticides and fertilizers, both of which are toxic and harmful to people and pets. Organic foods are considered more healthful than non-organic produce which is much cheaper because it is grown in larger amounts at less expense. While organic produce is the best choice for juicing, non-organic produce and fruits will work if precautions are taken.

Use Sense in Choosing and Eating

When it comes to choosing products for our families, there’s a growing sense that those made with natural and organic materials are better in every way. Accepting organic and natural ingredients as always safe automatically can lead to dangerous and tragic outcomes.

Poison ivy is a prime example that nature isn’t always safe. However, no one purchases poison ivy cream for the children. However, ingredients like grain derivatives and bioactive compounds are now sold in skincare products intended for infants and even delicate newborns.

Even Wheat Carries Dangers

Hydrolyzed wheat protein sounds wholesome, but actually has potential to cause allergic reactions in children. Gluten sensitivities have increased along with conditions like celiac disease. This mandates caution around unnecessary topical products that contain wheat. Usually safe for older teens and adults, using them on newborns or babies can be risky. They aren’t being eaten, certainly, but they are absorbed through the skin.

wheat proteinGrain should also be of concern concerning babies. Certain quinoa strains of quinoa have shown high allergic reactivity. Oats and oat extracts are subject to cross-contamination in plants where grains with/without gluten co-mingle. Even pet food sometimes contains dangerous grains.

Pansy and yucca extracts have their issues. Pansy contains cyclotide proteins allergy risk and are so bioactive they are investigated for use in medications. The yucca extract has blood-thinning properties plus contains saponins with steroidal effects. No regulations currently are in force to govern how herbal ingredients are used, and no standards for purity or concentration. Therefore, be prudent and keep them off the skin of your baby.

While the foregoing foods do have valid uses, their natural and organic origins certainly cannot be misinterpreted as a blanket of safety, especially for infants. Parents should always read labels carefully and reject ingredients they haven’t yet researched. If you’re interested in natural or organic approaches, the natural and safest strategy is to not apply anything on your baby’s skin unless it’s absolutely necessary, which means almost never.

List of Wholesome Foods Hiding Dangerous Chemicals

The Environmental Working Group has issued a list of produce most likely to contain pesticides and chemicals, commonly called the Dirty Dozen. They are popular for juicing and include:

  • apples
  • cucumbers
  • celery
  • cherries
  • pears
  • peaches
  • nectarines

Several non-organic foods are grown on trees. They are sprayed with pesticides to prevent bugs. When put into a juicer, the entire fruit is put into the machine including the peel.

Oxidation is the process in which something deteriorates after exposure to oxygen. An apple turns brown shortly after it is sliced. Once juice is exposed to air, the potency of nutrients fade. Non-organic produce starts out at a real disadvantage, and because of exposure to chemicals nutrients are lost much more quickly.

One way to prevent nutrient loss is to only juice what is needed at one time, preventing nutrients loss. Juicing per serving permits adding fruits and vegetables each time, increasing variety and nutrients consumed.

Scrub Produce Before Juicing, Slicing or Eating

scrub produceIf non-organic produce is to be juiced, thoroughly wash each piece. Non toxic cleansers are available that wash away chemicals found on produce. Washing produce with water will remove a small percentage of toxins but a thin layer of residue is left. Cleansers for produce are in the grocery aisle near fruit and vegetables.

Is organic lawn fertilizer safe for kids?  I found this website comparing the different types of lawn fertilizers.  I am going to reach out to them and conduct and interview (as they appear to be experts) and try to put another post up with the results….stay tuned!

Kaitlin Gardner

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Kaitlin Gardner

Kaitlin Gardner currently lives in Pennsylvania and is married to her best friend. In her spare time, she loves to go hiking , hand with her family and friend and enjoy nature.

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