This is an old blog of ours written by Tammy Marie Rose. She shares some valuable information!
A new study has found that up to 63% of bread products contain pesticide residue and 17% of samples tested contained traces of more than one type of pesticide. These numbers have more than doubled over the past twelve years.
The study was conducted by the Pesticide Action Network and the Organic, Naturally Different campaign in the UK. The study included over 2,000 bread samples and these samples were tested between 2000 and 2013.
All of the bread samples tested were non-organic. Buying organic bread or organic products to make your own bread is the only way to eliminate the ingestion of pesticide residue. Organic mills such as Daybreak in Saskatchewan, Canada, take pride in growing and processing wheat that is organic.
Daybreak Mill owner Nicole Davis explains, “We grow our wheat with 100% organic practices. Although we have conventional neighbors that use spray on their crops, we do our best to prevent pesticide contamination. We have buffer strips around the edges of our crops that we do not harvest that catch any pesticide that has been over sprayed.”
“We do not use any chemicals or additives during our cleaning and milling process, to ensure a healthy end product,” Nicole added.
In the above mentioned study all of the pesticide traces in the bread were low, but even very low doses of certain pesticides ingested regularly and in combination with other chemicals could result in unforeseen health effects. Side effects of pesticide residue consumption are:
Eyes: tearing, irritation, conjunctivitis
Skin: rash, blistering, burns, sweating, contact dermatitis, jaundice
Nervous system: headache, dizziness, mood disturbances, depression, stupor, muscle twitching, lack of coordination, seizures, paralysis, loss of consciousness, coma
Respiratory system: throat pain, cough, pulmonary edema, difficulty in breathing, respiratory failure
Cardiovascular system: cardiac arrhythmias
Gastrointestinal tract: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain
Some of the possible symptoms of long term pesticide exposure include; increased risk of cancer, neurological impairment, organ damage and intrusion with the hormonal system. As you can clearly see consuming pesticide residue is something we should all work to avoid.
Experts recommend that consumers use common sense and avoid or limit their consumption of breads that contain pesticide residue. For the vast majority of people, bread is an essential food that they eat on a daily basis. The experts say that the best way to reduce your exposure to pesticides in bread is to purchase bread that is certified organic. If you purchase your bread at a bakery discuss the benefits of organic flour with your baker. The safest path is to bake your own bread using certified organic flour. Have fun with it and make it a family event! You will find it tastes great and you take control of what you are putting into your body.