Leading Organic Food Brand Speaks Out Against Recent Study


In response to the Stanford University study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Shazi Visram, founder, CEO and Chief Mom of Happy Family, is speaking out to shed light on the subject of organic vs. conventional foods and offers the following statement:

I have always been a champion for organic, both as a mom and an entrepreneur, but today it’s not about my business. It’s about the health and safety of the next generation.“As a deeply passionate and involved member of the organic food industry, I have a clear understanding of the benefits of organic food, but know many consumers face confusion in our cluttered landscape of food labels and certifications. I believe the recent Stanford University study is only adding to this confusion.

Organic food is crucially important for our children, and it’s not just because of the nutritional value. You don’t choose an organic strawberry over a conventional strawberry because it has more vitamin C – you choose it because it’s free of harmful pesticides and toxins that can be absorbed by your child’s body.

Children today are increasingly faced with higher levels of toxins in the environment, which has been linked to autism, ADD and allergies. You are what you eat, especially when you’re a child – your food intake literally grows the brain and body. As a mom and an educated consumer, I fully recognize that it’s not possible to eat organic 100-percent of the time, but every small choice we make, especially for our kids, adds up to make a big difference.

I strongly urge parents everywhere to pay closer attention the second finding of this study which states that “consumption of organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria,” instead of reading just the headline covered by many news outlets that states conventional is equal to organic in terms of nutrition. Information is key to navigate this debate, so I encourage everyone to explore a couple valuable educational sites:

  • The Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen list from the Environmental Working Group, which outlines the fruits and veggies to always choose organic as well as ones with typically low pesticide residue
  • A series of facts about organic foods from the Organic Trade Association

While I appreciate this study for putting a spotlight on organic, I encourage parents to look at all the facts, view this study with a critical eye and remember that choosing organic is about the safety of our kids and the health of the planet.”