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What it is: While the definition varies from country to country, the United States Department of Agriculture defines organic food as products that are harvested without the use of synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering.

Why it's good: After years of debate, the American Academy of Pediatrics finally offered an opinion about the benefits of organic foods. In a 2012 report, members of the AAP announced that organic produce and meats prevent exposure to pesticides, which over time can reach a toxic level. They also noted that there are not "any meaningful nutritional benefits or deficits from eating organic."

Why it may not be for your child: If you want to eat organic, be prepared to pay the price — literally. A container of organic strawberries can cost $2.50 more than the conventional variety, while organic meats can cost twice as much as the nonorganic cuts.

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