This is your quick but definitive guide to organic baby formula. We’re going to focus on organic, European baby formulas because, well, they’re better. Let’s take this question one piece at a time.
THE WORLD IS FULL OF PESTICIDES, HERBICIDES, AND OTHER CHEMICALS THAT ARE USED ON CROPS AND IN ANIMALS
Many of them are harmless to adults whose bodies are fully grown and much larger. The tiny, fast-growing body of an infant might not do as well with these chemicals.
Organic foods, including formula, don’t have pesticides, herbicides, added hormones, or any other chemical that don’t occur in nature. These farmers look to use natural, non-toxic ways to keep their crops safe.
This means your baby isn’t ingesting all those chemicals at such a young age.
WHY EUROPEAN ORGANIC BABY FORMULA?
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t regulate organic certification. While they might offer some guidance regarding what organic should be, they don’t test or approve anything. This means private companies do these certifications. A private company certifies that its customers' products are organic. There’s a bit of conflict of interest there.
In Europe, the European Commission certifies organic foods, including formula. There are strict standards for what can and can’t be called organic. This guarantees that what’s labeled “organic” in Europe actually meets those standards.
WHAT ABOUT AMERICAN FORMULAS?
US baby formula brands are, for the most part, owned by pharmaceutical companies. Their labels tend to read like a long list of chemicals, whereas European organic formulas have whole ingredients with added vitamins.
We won’t comment on whether American formulas are fully nutritious, but if you’re looking for organic formulas, the European versions are much more reliable.
BETTER FARMING TECHNIQUES
Many European formula brands adhere to Demeter and Bioland farming techniques. These very strict farming methods are better for the land and animals. Also, European farms tend to have many fewer cows than American farms, so there are a lot more pasture time and healthy activity.
European baby formulas are in demand all over the world because they are healthier and more nutritious than their counterparts anywhere else.
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