Teaching children to look at the food supplier before purchasing foods will teach them to recognize sustainable foods, local suppliers, and acknowledge where their food is coming from.
This education can influence the health of our children and future generations, improve food security and local economies, and reestablish food autonomy in the U.S.
Keep reading to learn more about why it is vital to teach children about good food sources.
They Are The Future
Organic and pasture-farmed products should not be more expensive than factory raised products and those that have been fed antibiotics, GMOs, and other chemicals. Yet, they are. Substantially.
The inability to access healthy and safe foods is called food insecurity. If we are tackle food insecurity in the U.S., we need to start with the food market.
If more people search out and purchase organic, clean, and whole products then there will be more demand. More demand leads to lower food prices.
By teaching our children the importance of locally-sourced, organic, and sustainable foods, we expand the “good food” demand, market, and industry. Ultimately, our children will play a role in increasing local economies, lower the price of healthy foods, and help to create a greener and healthier world.
Immunity and Health
There are tons of health implications related to agricultural methods and food distribution. Below are just some of the top health reasons why we should teach children about good food.
Antibiotics and Immunity
When we consume animals that have been antibiotics and hormones, those additives influence our own health and immunity.
The more exposed we are to antibiotics, for example, the less good bacteria we have in our gut. People need to have a consistent balance of good and bad bacteria in their digestive system to fight against sickness, prevent autoimmune disorders, and have healthy digestion.
Also, the more antibiotics we consume, the less effective they are. Essentially, bad bacteria adapt to antibiotics. Like any drug, the more you take it the higher your tolerance is to it.
Thus, it is vital that we teach children to look for animal products that do not contain antibiotics.
Many large-scale agricultural companies give animals growth or sex hormones to make them bigger and fatter. When we eat these products, we are feeding ourselves hormones that our body doesn’t need.
Higher levels of growth hormones can increase the risk of various cancers. Added sex hormones can lead to early development (puberty) which is connected with adult-onset of chronic diseases, reproductive cancers, and mental health issues.
To protect our children from these consequences, we must teach them to look for products that state “no hormones added”.
The fact that pesticide use in agriculture is still allowed baffles me. The research on pesticide-related issues is vast.
To start, pesticides not only kill off bad bacteria and pests that may harm the crops, they also kill good bacteria, nutrients, and good insects that are important to biodiversity.
Pesticides also often pollute local water sources through runoff and increase soil erosion.
Plus, exposure to pesticides leads to health problems such as asthma, diabetes, risks for cancers, thyroid problems, and fertility issues. Consuming products with pesticide residue is basically eating poison.
We need to teach children the importance of consuming organic products because they do not use harmful pesticides.
Typically child-marketed foods are low in nutritional value and high in sugar and sodium. Consistent consumption of these poor quality foods leads to malnutrition, overweight, obesity, and can result in chronic health problems in adulthood.
Instilling Good Food Behaviors
If we teach children when they are young about food systems and good food choices, they will be more likely to continue healthy behaviors later in life. (CITE)
Teaching children to buy and consume products that do not contain antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, and other additives will lead to a healthier generation and healthier world.
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