What does ordinary fruit from the grocery store actually contain? We have studied the NFA’s latest tests on non-organic fruit. The fruit came from orchards sprayed with pesticides. This primarily affects nature, animals and workers. However, residue is also left in the fruit you eat.
Shouldn’t the symbol of health – truly be fresh? We think so, but in 9 of 10 apples, pesticide residues were found. Some apples contained carbendazim, a substance suspected to be carcinogenic, endocrine disrupting and harming for the reproduction system. Unfortunately, you can’t wash this away, as there is in the whole fruit.
This children’s favorite contained residue of pesticides in 7 of 10 tests. Many countries have an excellent climate for organic pear cultivation. Yet are organic pears almost impossible to find in stores. Switch to organic – show pear farmers that demand exists!
Are you annoyed that organic citrus fruit can become moldy if you leave it for too long? It is because it is NOT treated with imazalil, a substance that prolongs the shelf life of the fruit. imazalil is suspected to be carcinogenic and endocrine disrupting.
Almost all citrus fruit – 95 percent – contained residue of various pesticides. Most of it is in the skin, but also in the flesh.
The cute little grapes are best at being the worst when it comes to most types of residues in the same sample. And guess what percentage of the grapes contained pesticide residues? 96 percent! And several of the pesticides are known to be harmful. Some can´t be washed away as they appear inside of the fruit. You can also find remains in raisins and wine.
Skip the nasty pesticide-bananas! They are really heavily sprayed and in 67 percent of the tests, residues were found. These pesticides are primarily a problem for the environment, farmers and their families. They are exposed to one of the world’s most dangerous pesticides, paraquat. It harms nature for a long time and exposed people can, in worst case, suffer from a lung collapse. The substance was banned in Sweden and the EU long ago, partly thanks to the SSNC’s work.
Most tropical fruits, such as pineapple and mango, comes from the same heavily sprayed plantations.
Any questions? Ok, we already have some answers.
Does organic food contain residues?
No. NFA did the same tests to samples of organic fruit. They made 62 tests, one of which showed traces of a substance used in protective pouches hung around the banana bunches. All the other 61 tests were free from pesticides.
Aren’t the samples mostly below the limit of pesticides?
True. Within the EU, there are limits on how much pesticide residue food may contain. Very few of the fruit samples are above this limit, but the mixture of many different substances can cause unknown health effects. EU maximum levels is made for one subject at a time, even though we are exposed to thousands of chemicals over a long period. The limit also does not take into account that hormone-disrupting effects can occur even at low doses.
Why are the children most susceptible?
Because children are not small adults. They are in a development where the body is more sensitive to chemicals. Children also eat more fruits relative to their body weight and thus higher exposure.
Should I be afraid to eat non-organic fruit?
No. No one should be afraid to eat fruit. It is healthy and environmentally smart. However, it is time to question how our food is produced and start making demands. Preschool can have organic fruit break. Politics can facilitate for organic farmers and consumers. Stores can advertise organic fruit better, instead of allowing them to mold in a dark corner. Unsprayed fruit should not rot away in our residential gardens.
Change to organic fruit in favor of nature, animals and farmers. And if you want truly fresh fruit.
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