2 in 3 loaves have pesticides in them
Well, chances are, you've been eating pesticides.
Turns out that two in every three loaves of bread sold in the UK contain one pesticide residue. This is according to the government who have been doing analysis and wanted to share the data with us all. Tests on loaves showed that 25% of them contained residues of more than one pesticide.
Nick Mole, at Pesticide Action Network UK (Pan UK) and an author of the new report, said: "There is the possibility of harm from the repeated ingestion of low doses of pesticides and no one has done research on the impact of the cocktails of pesticides we are all exposed to. We are all being experimented on without our consent."
Yet no-one has died or grown an extra eye.
The Guardian have been doing their own studies, looking at the differences between organic and conventional food and deduced that "pesticides were found four times more often on conventional fruit, vegetables and cereals." Funny that. The Guardian being hippies about food.
Mole accused the pesticide companies, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the National Farmers’ Union of having a "cosy" relationship. "The UK’s pesticide action plan was particularly weak,” he said. “Pesticides need to be used last, if at all, at the moment they are the first choice."
How on Earth are we going to cope? And will Guardian readers stop baking their own loaves for long enough to show patronising concern for the poor people eating factory produced bread?
More on this when we get it.