Pesticides in our food

From Stuff comes an article claiming that pesticide residues in foods are harmful, despite their meeting regulatory requirements and being below any level that could cause safety issues.

..."Ms White ranked the food according to the percentage of samples with pesticide residues and the number of pesticides detected. "The Food Safety Authority attempts to reassure us that because the pesticides are below a certain level, then they assume it to be safe," she said.

"However, we don't really know the effects of all these chemicals in our food"....

If that's the case she'd be terrified to know all the chemicals that constitute a strawberry as just one example: Amyl acetate,amyl butyrate, amyl valerate, anethol, anisyl formate, benzyl acetate, benzyl isobutyrate, butyric acid, cinnamyl isobutyrate, cinnamyl valerate, diacetyl, dipropyl ketone, ethyl acetate, ethyl amyl ketone, ethyl butyrate, ethyl cinnamate, ethyl heptanoate, ethyl heptylate, ethyl lactate, ethyl methylphenylglycidate, ethyl nitrate, ethyl propionate, ethyl valerate, heliotropin, hydroxyphenyl-2-butanone, alpha-ionone, isobutyl anthranilate, isobutyl butyrate, 4-methylacetophenone, methyl anthranilate, methyl benzoate, methyl cinnamate, methyl heptine carbonate, methyl naphthyl ketone, methyl salicylate, phenethyl alcohol, gamma-undecalactone, vanillin.

Even worse, most of these naturally occurring chemicals haven't been tested for their effects on human health.

After that, there's the usual eat organic recommendation, even though there is a higher risk of food borne disease from using manure as fertiliser and the small issue of the allowable "organic" pesticides being used instead of standard pesticides and those natural pesticides plants produce.

I'd strongly suspect that the 'researcher' in this report would be immune to reason on this point given that this and other claims have been made before and have been responded to by the NZFSA.

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