Interview by SafBaby Founders Sandra Blum and Samantha Fox Olson

Our exclusive interview with Ryan Zinn, from the Organic Consumer Association, answers some important question EVERY parent should know about regarding additives in the meat and dairy products we may feed our families.

This interview shows the importance in spending the extra dollars to buy organic meat, poultry and fish if you do consume these products.

Also, as Ryan says, concerned parents and citizens must become politically active, as well as make smart purchases to change laws and practices!

Certified Organic Products Are Free Of…

  • Synthetic pesticides
  • Synthetic growth hormones
  • Steroids
  • Antibiotics
  • Genetically engineered organisms.
  • Also, organic animals must be vegetarian (it is common for conventional animals to be feed rendered animals, poultry litter, etc.)

SafBaby: What’s the difference between steroids, growth hormones and antibiotics? Are they used on beef/cattle only are also on chicken, turkey, fish etc? Are they also used to produce milk?

Ryan Zinn, Organic Consumers Association:

Synthetic steroids and growth hormones provide accelerated growth or milk production. Non-therapeutic antibiotics are used regularly in meat/dairy production for two reasons. Antibiotics, for some reason, also accelerate growth in animals.

Additionally, because factory farmed animals are confined in extremely unsanitary conditions and are regularly exposed to pathogens, other sick animals, etc., they are regularly dosed with antibiotics as a “preventative” measure.

However, this common use of antibiotics in food production, we are witnessing an emergence of many antibiotic resistance strains of diseases. Finally, antibiotics are showing up in compost from the manure of factory farmed animals.
Organic Meat, Poultry and Fish must be free of…..

In the United States, the USDA considers organic a “production process,