Ban on Fatty Acids in Organic Baby Foods
Recently, the current administration announced that two additives commonly used in organic baby foods and formulas will be banned. These two synthetic additives, omega-3 fatty acid DHA and omega-6 fatty acid ARA, are currently added to 90 percent of organic baby foods and formulas on the market. They’re often added under the guise of promoting brain and eye development much in the same way that breast milk does, although no evidence supports or retracts from this point. The USDA, on the other hand, stated three years ago that such synthetic fatty acids violate federal standards for organic foods, and baby food should be no exception.
If you’re a parent who has been going green and organic with your child, what do you do at this point? The Obama administration, as mentioned in the linked article above, has mentioned that new guidelines for organic baby food will be formed over the next year to not only make sure baby food is up to national standards but to also phase out all products using synthetic fatty acids at the moment. While none of these organic products appear to be harmful to your child, they’re not considered organic, so you have two options: finding baby products that are truly organic or, in the meantime, waiting until the standards for organic baby food are revised.
However, this article is an example for all instances of going organic: How do you know the products you’re purchasing truly are? In the case of clothing, organic bamboo fabric has been found to be supplemented by rayon and, for cotton, color might have been added through synthetic dyes. This article indicates that doing research is necessary before purchasing any organic baby products, particularly to see if the food or clothing is supplemented by something synthetic.