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Organic baby food

The context

When babies begin to eat food (a messy business), they need a good source of nutrients to help them build a healthy body.

Newborn babies live on milk (either breast milk or formula feed) and iron stores that they take from their mother during pregnancy. However, by the time they reach six months, these stores have run down and it is important that they move on to a more varied diet - particularly fruit and vegetables.

Traditional farming methods mean that traces of pesticides (used to kill insects that harm plants) are often left on much of the food we eat. Worryingly for parents and carers, research has shown that children are especially vulnerable to these toxins, as their blood, kidneys and liver are not developed enough to excrete them. Even small amounts of pesticides can damage a child's long-term health.

As a result, more and more people are now choosing to buy organic baby food. This case study looks at the story of Baby Organix, one of the UK's leading brands of organic ready-made baby foods.

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