Ka Hana Pono believes that the more natural, the better — especially where children are concerned.
NO PANIC, WE GO ORGANIC! Children’s bodies are much more vulnerable to pesticides because their brains, immune and detoxification systems are immature and in a state of development. Pound for pound children eat two to four times more vegetables and fruits than adults and so are exposed to a higher proportion of possible contaminants. The hEalth effects of chronic low-level exposure to pesticide residues are still unknown. Organic farmers and ranchers use pure water, quality feed, fresh air, clean soil, and healthy pastures, to make sure their organically raised plants and animals grow at their own natural pace, without artificial growth hormones, antibiotics, synthetic pesticides, or genetically modified organisms. We are happy to buy local goods as often as possible from farmers on the north shore with similar environmental goals and agricultural practices. USDA CERTIFIED ORGANIC FOODS: Prohibit the use of chemical fertilizers, various synthetic substances, irradiation, sewage sludge, or Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) in organic production. Prohibit antibiotic and synthetic hormone use in meat, poultry and dairy products. Require 100% organic feed for organic livestock.
WHAT ARE GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS? Genetically modified (GM), or genetically engineered (GE), foods are made from plants that have had traits in their DNA changed. Scientists take genes — the pieces of DNA that differentiate living things — from one plant or animal and insert them into another organism. These plants are also known as genetically modified organisms (GMOs).The purpose of genetically modifying plants is often to make the plant more resistant to herbicides, insects, or diseases, or more tolerant of drought or cold. Whether or not eating genetically modified foods is harmful is a controversial subject and the answer you get depends on whom you ask. Because genetic combinations occur in the genetic engineering lab that aren’t possible in nature, we are concerned that playing with our food technologically may have far-reaching impacts on human health and the environment. Allergens are a primary concern. That’s because GMOs may introduce known — or even unknown — allergens. If a person is allergic to something in the gene that has been introduced, she’ll be allergic to the new product. There’s even some concern that when you introduce a new gene into a plant, it’s possible to create an entirely new allergen — causing allergic reactions in susceptible people (children in particular). And there’s no good way to test these foods to make sure that won’t happen. Also, while producers and the government work under the assumption that if the original foods were safe, the new product will also be safe, opponents believe that may not necessarily be true once the organism is significantly altered.