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Currants contaminated with pesticides

Currants contaminated with pesticides

Greenpeace: Currants from Germany are contaminated with numerous pesticides.

(07/26/2010) The environmental protection organization "Greenpeace" tested currants from German cultivation. The result is terrifying: All currants from Germany were contaminated with pesticides. The only exception were the organic currants, there were no residues of pesticides.

A lot of people think that eating some healthy fruit for summer is what they go for currants in German supermarkets. But "Greenpeace" is currently warning of eating these fruits. Because a test showed that most currants have a high proportion of pesticides. Tests in the laboratory would have shown that the berries even contained a veritable mix of up to nine different crop protection agents. Only the organic berries were free of such chemical crop protection substances.

Test in all parts of Germany.
The berries were tested in several cities in Germany at the beginning of July 2010. The environmentalists focused on supermarkets such as Edeka, Aldi, Metro, REal, Penny and Rewe. A total of 31 currant and raspberry samples were examined. All berries came from German cultivation, preferably from the state of Baden-Württemberg.

According to Greenpeace, residues of six crop protection products were found on average in each sample examined. Traces of illegal pesticides were also found in some cases. For this reason, the authorities have also been informed so that they can react immediately. According to Greenpeace, the chemical substances "Dodin" and "Difenoconazol" were found in individual samples. The samples came from the supermarket chains Edeka and Tengelmann. These sprays are prohibited in the EU.

Pesticide residues can be harmful to health.
The effect of these plant protection products can be classified as "hazardous to health". According to Greenpeace, both pesticides are not approved on the German market. Some of the substances detected can damage the human nervous system or have a carcinogenic effect on the human organism. Hormone balance and reproduction could also be affected.

Mix of pesticides.
The limit of the permitted amounts of pesticides would not be exceeded, but multiple exposure is a health hazard for humans. A spokesman said that it is not the amount that is important, but the sum of the different pesticides. According to the environmental experts at Greenpeace, a trend towards "pesticide mixtures" has been evident for several years. Although the manufacturers comply with the prescribed limit values, plant protection products are used in combination. Greenpeace therefore also calls for a limit value for multiple residues of pesticides to be set. This must be done to protect consumers' health. Because in a test 4 years ago there were an average of three pesticides per berry, now there are already six.

Dear organic products without chemical substances.
Heilpraxisnet.de advises, however, to forego conventional products and prefer to use organic goods. "At least under normal circumstances, this ensures that there are no pesticide residues." This was also the result of the Greenpeace test. No pesticide residues were found in any organic samples of the berries. "Later, it is hardly possible to prove how cancer or nervous disorders developed. Hardly anyone will blame berry consumption for this."

Raspberries almost unaffected
The only positive thing that was noticed was that no great residues of pesticides were often found in raspberries. On average, the raspberries were contaminated with two different crop protection agents. The values ​​were also below the legal limit values. 29 percent of the raspberries were even free of pesticides. (sb)

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