It seems that we no longer have a choice over whether we consume pesticides or not. GM companies like Monsanto have been pushing hard to get the residual content of their pesticides in the harvested crop increased. The results are now plain to see.
The chemicals in question are “Roundup” (Glyphosate), a defoliant, “Chlormequat”, a plant growth regulator, and “Malathion”, an insecticide.
The average figure for pesticide residues in non-organic bread from 2000 to 2013 is 61.49% – much higher than the overall figure for pesticides residues in all produce combined which is approximately 40%. Disturbingly, pesticide residues in bread have risen from 28.24% in 2001 to 63.43% in 2013. That would equate to three out of every five non-organic bread products you buy. In 2005, we see a huge peak of 80% of all bread tested contained residues, which would be four in every five.
(Taken from http://www.pan-uk.org/files/Pesticides%20in%20Your%20Daily%20Bread%20guide%20-%20FINAL%20(1).pdf)
I think most of us are convinced by now that these chemicals are not doing us any good at all!
But just in case there are a few of you that are still undecided, you can do your own research at the following links:-
New Séralini study shows Roundup damages sperm
Why Glyphosate Should Be Banned
Differential Effects of Glyphosate and Roundup on Human Placental Cells and Aromatase
Chlormequat Safety Data Sheet
Glyphosate-based herbicides are toxic and endocrine disruptors in human cell lines.
And according to Pesticide Action Network, bread is not the only source of concern. See
Pesticides on a Plate
For those of you that are prepared to take the risk, carry on as if you had never seen this post at all!
For those of you that wish to protect themselves, and especially those who are considering starting a family, eating organic food would be an excellent choice.