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Pesticides, Update

At the time of writing (Sept. 2002) The Food Standards Agency (FSA) are taking evidence from experts with the view to issuing a report about 'the cocktail effect' of pesticides at the end of the year.

Chemicals of particular concern are -

Aldicarb - used on: carrots, parsnips, potatoes, sugar beet.

Campaigners claim high levels can: disrupt nerve impulses.

Carbendazim - used on: apples, beans, celery, cucumbers, lettuce, mushrooms, oilseed rape, pears, tomatoes.

Campaigners claim high levels can: disrupt hormones in fish and are a possible human carcinogen.

Chlorpyrifos - used on: apples, barley, gooseberries, green beans, oats, onions, plums, strawberries, wheat.

Campaigners claim high levels can: disrupt nervous system,. Perhaps cause birth and immune system defects and leukaemis.

Vinclozolin - used on: apples, beans, oilseed rape, peas.

Campaigners claim high levels can: dispupt hormones creating 'anti-maleness' in fish. The effect on humans isn't known.

For more information contact Friends of the Earth

Further reading: "Silent Spring" Rachael Carson (1962); "Moment in the Sun" Robert and Leona Rienow (1967); "The Great Food Gamble" John Humphrys (2001)

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