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CLEAN YOUR PLATE (aka how not to eat a whole lots of different chemical substances with your apple)

If you are following the news then you’ve probably seen the big scandal about world’s most used herbicide Roundup by Monsanto and the related lawsuit. The active ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate which is a substance used in plant protection products to control plants. It is mostly sprayed on the fields before crops are sown but to a lesser extent also just before harvesting  in order to eliminate other plants around the harvest.


It has to be reminded though that the discussion about glyphosate and its short and long term effect on humans, animals and environment is a discussion that goes on already for about 20 years. It is also to be understood that the lawsuit in the States is not claiming that the glyphosate causes cancer but the ruling is rather based  on assertion that Monsanto intentionally kept information about Roundup’s potential risks hidden from public….The current status in Europe is that glyphosate is not considered as a substance of major health concern and its use is permitted up to 15 December 2022…


We are all confronted with different pesticide/herbicide/other chemical substances residues in our food. It is comforting to hear that regular controls are done both in EU member states and also at European level.  Even though the overall pesticide residues in food are relatively low in Europe, there are still areas where consumers could make up their own decisions when buying products grown on European soil.


In the United States the consumers are informed yearly with the list products where the chemical substances residues are the highest – it is called the Dirty Dozen in the States. Unfortunately similar system does not exist in Europe. However based on the report that has been published June 2018 – I list for your knowledge the products in Europe where the number of non-approved substances are exceeding their fixes legal limits. To put this in simple words  - when possible try to buy these products from your local farmer or pay extra attention at least to clean those products before eating:


APPLES – fruit that grows so well in Europe is unfortunately on the top of the list. However it is really not difficult to have “clean” apples – either from your own garden or for sure someone you know has an apple tree in the yard!
STRAWBERRIES – as strawberries have become a big business all year round, try to stay seasonal with your buys and buy organic and local produce…
LETTUCE – anyone who has tried to grow their own lettuce at home knows that it is very susceptible to different insects. Additional risks for lettuce bought in a plastic package – even if it is written that the lettuce is washed – you should really wash it once more…
PEACHES – as most of the peaches are brought from the South of Europe to the Northern parts, they are unfortunately often overloaded with products to keep them fresh for longer…
TOMATOES – especially issue in France in Europe where a lot of tomatoes are coming from France’s overseas territories.







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