Pesticides? Use Your Loaf, Minimise Your Intake!

PAN_logoFor those unfamiliar with the expression, “use your loaf”, it means “use your head, use your brain – Think!”

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.

Over 60% of breads sold in the UK contain pesticide residues, tests show
and
Loaf-threatening: More than half of British breads contain ‘toxic’ pesticides

The chemicals in question are “Roundup” (Glyphosate), a defoliant, “Chlormequat”, a plant growth regulator, and “Malathion”, an insecticide.

Bread

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:-

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.

The alternative – a starvation diet –
is not recommended!

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