My little baby boy is fearless. He’s happy to put wires in his mouth. He’s got no problem hurtling face first off the sofa. He doesn’t pause at strange faces, large animals or loud noises.
He might not last long on his own in the African savannah, or the streets of New York, but with his parents dutifully in tow, he is invincible, unbreakable, and simply one happy dude.
My goal as a parent is to let him stay happy and worry-free as long as I can. The occasional skinned knee I can live with. Other risks give me pause. It’s a complicated line to chart. When it comes to organic food and skin care, however, the decision is pretty straight-forward.
A lot of people argue organics are just a fad among the hypervigilant, neurotic, alarmist yuppie set…afterall, our parents gave us the old stuff, and we’re fine. Right? I usually direct them (politely) to the facts: technologies have changed (see, eg, nanotechnology), standards have changed (see de-funding of the FDA) and the sources of our goods have changed (see China). Sadly, the prevalence of a range of diseases have also changed.
My baby boy roams free and fearless. And I keep following him around with a grin on my face.
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