I suspect we will ultimately find there are medical benefits to choosing organic. Even better for the environment than buying organics at the supermarket: purchase locally grown produce when possible. In addition to the medical benefits, I also think there are also social and emotional benefits to getting your child used to the idea of food selection and preparation (review) at an early age.
As with anything, it is a matter of balance–you educate yourself and then do what works best for your family.
Organic baby food a hit with green parents (EXCERPTS):
The environment has become a very hot topic these days, especially among parents who want to protect their children’s health and the world they’ll be inheriting.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture inspects food producers to ensure they meet its standards for organic products. They include banning the use of conventional pesticides, fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge for produce, and antibiotics or growth hormones for animals.
Doctors said parents shouldn’t feel guilty if they can’t afford the extra expense. The USDA doesn’t claim that organic food is safer or more nutritious than conventionally produced food, and the American Academy of Pediatrics has no official stance on subject.
Raisa Lilling uses organic food in meals she prepares for her daughter Elliana because it is less expensive than buying pre-made products. She notes Elliana hasn’t had many of the stomach problems and ear infections common in other infants.