Why Organic School Lunch is Better
Organically produced foods have a higher nutritional content than commercially produced foods...they build STRONGER, HEALTHIER CHILDREN.
Organic Farmers Nourish and Create a Living Soil which then Creates Superior Foods.
Organic farming practices are built upon a respect and thorough understanding for basic principles of nature. Understanding this balance and using techniques which work harmoniously with the earth results in an agricultural system which produces highly nutritional foods which all encourage greater healing for the earth and the humans who inhabit it. Organic farmers truly engage this attitude around farming and one of their main focuses is to create living soil full of vitality. The health of the soil fundamentally determines the health of the food that grows from it. Nutrition is all in the soil and soil health is all about compost. Organic farmers are master compost chefs in addition to using sustainable agricultural practices such as crop rotation and nutrient recycling they contribute to the health and strength of the entire system.
It may come as a startling surprise to learn just how poor our soil has become. Food grown in poor quality soil significantly affects the nutritional value of that food. In the case of commercially grown food, its
One study showed that between 1941 and 1991, the following nutrients in both fruits and vegetables were significantly depleted. For example:
between 19% and 76% of their copper
between 29% and 49% of their sodium
between 16% and 46% of their calcium
between 24% and 27% of their iron
between 15% and 24% of their magnesium
between 16% and 22% of their potassium
Journal of the McCarrison Society for Nutrition & Health Vol 17:No 2 – 2003
Improved Nutrition is Positively Linked to Cognitive Development
According to Tufts University School of Nutrition Science and Policy;
Enhanced Nutrition Supports:
Improved Learning, Attention and Memory
Supports Physical Growth, Brain Development, Cognitive Function
Improved Sense of Wellbeing
Improved School Performance
Scores Better on Standardized Tests
In addition, studies have proven that children who eat a hearty breakfast and lunch are more focused and peaceful in their studies and social settings.
Good Earth’s Lunch Program is a direct approach to addressing the rising epidemics of both obesity and Type II diabetes which are reaching epidemic proportions among today’s children.
Twenty five percent of obese children are already glucose intolerant and at high risk for developing diabetes, according to a Yale University study published in the March 14, 2002 New England Journal of Medicine. Children as young as age 4 were included in the study. There is currently an epidemic of Type 2,or adult onset, diabetes among young children and adolescents. This used to be thought of as a disease of the middle aged and elderly. Children who develop Type 2 diabetes await a lifetime of struggling against the medical complications of diabetes. While others enjoy their youth in their 20’s and 30’s, these will already face the possibility of poor circulation, ulcers of the feet, arteriosclerosis, coronary artery disease, kidney problems, eye problems, and the slow deadening of some of their nerves. Treating obesity in children is well worth the effort.
While there is no generally accepted definition for obesity as distinct from overweight in children and adolescents, the prevalence of overweight* is increasing for children and adolescents in the United States. Approximately 15.3 percent of children (ages 6–11) and 15.5 percent of adolescents (ages 12–19) were overweight in 2000. An additional 15 percent of children and 14.9 percent of adolescents were at risk for overweight
There is no time but the present to act in countering this frightening epidemic. Children need to be reintroduced to whole foods, where foods come from and simple physical activity. Our school lunch can help you provide your child with a balanced nutritious lunch for your child that you can be confident in as the very best for your child and their health.
Another issue associated with decreased nutrition is Attention Deficit Disorder. Recent studies have indicated that diet may play an important role.
Examples of some recent studies:
Nutritional deficiencies are ubiquitous throughout the American diet. One contributing factor is the high intake of processed foods, which destroy precious nutrients. These non-foods are full of empty calories that fill us up without providing any substantial nutrition. In addition, modern farming practices are geared toward greater production at the expense of a highly nutritious food. By returning to the whole foods of our ancestors; lean meats and fish, roots, greens, berries, nuts and seeds, we can renew our relationship with the whole foods of the earth and what our bodies were meant to eat. The ultimate result being a much healthier, more balanced experience.
Organic Foods Are Safer for Your Children to Eat
Our children today are faced with multiple exposures to potentially toxic environmental hazards. Dangerous chemicals such as pesticides, PCB’s, air pollution and asbestos have become part of our daily lives and that of our children. However, exposure for our children poses a much greater danger to their health and wellbeing. Early developmental stages of organs, nervous systems, and immune systems in addition to greater rates of cell division, and lower body weight increase their risk of damage due to pesticide exposure. Immature organs and other developing biological systems are particularly vulnerable to toxic contaminants. This toxic substance exposure has been shown to contribute to the possibility of developing learning disabilities, chronic and acute respiratory diseases, cancers and nervous system damage.
One avenue for this hazardous exposure is through the consumption of commercially grown foods. The goal of commercial agribusiness is quantity not quality and quantity is generated through massive chemical usage. All these chemicals do not necessarily wash off. There are many crops with short growing cycles, which do not give pesticides any opportunity to break down and then can quickly create toxicity issues in the food.
Some of the worst offenders include strawberries, grapes, peanuts, apples, celery, cucumber, cabbage, lettuce, spinach, pear, peach, orange, green bean, tomato, potato
The National Research Council and others have shown convincingly that current exposure levels of pesticides in foods are not safe enough for infants and children.
Clearly, avoiding commercially grown foods for your children is so important for supporting optimal growth, health and wellbeing.
Organic Foods are Grown Without Chemicals
The definition of organic agriculture requires that all crops produced be done so without synthetic agrochemicals, irradiation and genetically engineered foods or ingredients.
The National Organic Standards Board Definition of “Organic” states;
“Organic food handlers, processors and retailers adhere to standards that maintain the integrity of organic agricultural products. The primary goal of organic agriculture is to optimize the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals and people.
The Good Earth Natural Food Organic School Lunch Program holds the highest degree of organic standards and produces it’s foods using over 95% organic ingredients.