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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 12:41 pm    Post subject: Pesticides in our food Reply with quote

"Over 97% of foods in EU contain pesticide residues within legal limits"
That's the headline. But read on:
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"More than 97% of all samples analysed as part of the latest Europe-wide monitoring programme of pesticides in foods contain residue levels that fall within legal limits - with over 54% of samples free from any detectable trace of the chemicals."

So, leaving aside for the moment the very real issue as to whether the EU legal limits are sufficient to protect our health, more than 2% of our food has more pesticide in it that is legally allowed and 46% contains measurable quantities of pesticide.
Eat organic or eat poison.
http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/141211b.htm

Green Party policy on Food and Agriculture:
http://policy.greenparty.org.uk/fa.html
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would be interesting to know which pesticides we are eating: how much of the cereals we eat contain Glyphosate, for example?
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/wave-goodbye-to-global-warming-gm-and-pesticides-29525621.html
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds a bit I****

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Potemkin Villager wrote:
http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/wave-goodbye-to-global-warming-gm-and-pesticides-29525621.html


I checked to see if it was published on 1st April, but no!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kenneal - lagger wrote:
It would be interesting to know which pesticides we are eating: how much of the cereals we eat contain Glyphosate, for example?


We probably don't want to know!

I'm aware of a farmer who sprays his cereals with a low concentration to dehydrate them before harvest, thus reducing the amount of drying needed, and saving fuel. I understand it's fairly common practice.

Then there's the soya and corn oil, genetically modified to be resistant to Glyphosate, so the crops can be over-sprayed to keep the weeds down.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kenneal - lagger wrote:
Potemkin Villager wrote:
http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/wave-goodbye-to-global-warming-gm-and-pesticides-29525621.html


I checked to see if it was published on 1st April, but no!


No but hacks can be very easily taken in with technobabble!

He is getting on a bit (well ino his 80s) and at one stage his son in law was taken hostage by the IRA. He seems to have developed a planetry saviour complex common amongst ageing academics many who seem to have an irresistable urge to try and produce some sort of magic silver bullet that will save the world, allow BAU to continue unabated and ensure their perpetual place in hisory.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It all sounds very, very doubtful but are there any opinions from scientifically-minded people here?

http://www.viaqua.com/how-it-works/
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

emordnilap wrote:
It all sounds very, very doubtful
You got it. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meanwhile the EU, no doubt at the request of their Corporate masters, are going to ban all heirloom seeds so we can only buy hybrid seeds from the major manufacturers. Saving seeds and growing non licensed seeds will be a criminal offence. Even if we did save seed from plants from last years seed they would be no good because most of the seed now sold by major manufacturers is hybrid and doesn't do well in the second year.

This really is Corporatism gone mad. Our politicians are looking for a revolution if they keep going on like this. We are becoming slaves to the corporations which are really now the Axis of Evil on this planet.

Someone else's turn for a rant!!!

Oh yes! Please sign the petition and get all your gardener friends to sign it as well.

I've started a new topic for discussion of this thread.
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