From Backyard Gardens to Kindergartens

From Backyard Gardens to Kindergartens

From Backyard Gardens to Kindergartens

When I was growing up, my father grew tomatoes in our back yard.  These carefully tended, vine-ripened tomatoes were absolutely delicious — far  better than most others I can remember – and it was all thanks to the  rich, organically  managed soil. All of the tomato plant’s growth is made from materials  taken from the soil, and nothing can be incorporated into the plant unless it is  available in the soil. This is why plants grown in depleted soils are just not  the same. Commercial  fertilizers can add back nitrogen and the basic required minerals, but they cannot replicate the rich spectrum of nourishment in soil that is organically maintained. The plant will just do the best it can with whatever materials are available.

When my daughter Claire was born, she weighed 7 pounds 6  ounces. Today, she is 16 years old and weighs over 100 pounds. All of the  materials for Claire’s dramatic growth have come from the food she has eaten.  Like the tomato plant, my daughter’s body does the best it can with what’s available                                                        .

Food is the building block  for every part of a child’s body, from bones and skin and muscles to organs,  including the brain and its complex, ever growing network of neural connections.  Children’s bodies are very forgiving-but why not offer them the best building  blocks during the school years? And why not protect them from chemicals and junk  ingredients in what they eat  and drink, or from foods that have the nourishment processed out of them?

Read More From This Series:
Part 1 – Brain Food For Your Kids: How Do You Score?
Part 2 – From Backyard Gardens to Kindergartens
Part 3 – Brain Building
Part 4 – How is your food grown?
Part 5 – Antioxidants – Extra Credit
Part 6 – How Our Food Is Processed
Part 7 – Refined Sugars and Flours
Part 8 – School Fuel: Homework for Parents
Part 9 – How Much Does a Child Need Each Day?

Reviewed by: Khanh-Van Le-Bucklin, Rebecca Hicks
Last reviewed: August 29, 2011
Dr. Alan Greene

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Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

 

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