From the Guardian article:
“The true cost of cheap, unhealthy food is a spiralling public health crisis and environmental destruction, according to a high-level commission. It said the UK’s food and farming system must be radically transformed and become sustainable within 10 years.” Read more
From the report:
“Our own health and the health of the land are inextricably intertwined [but] in the last 70 years, this relationship has been broken,” The full report
The German government just announced it will be banning glyphosate by the end of 2023 in order to protect the environment and the health of the public.
This follows on from research by the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) that concluded that glyphosate is probably carcinogenic. The report also stated:
IARC also concluded that there was “strong” evidence for genotoxicity, both for “pure” glyphosate and for glyphosate formulations.
Glyphosate based weed killers are available in UK Supermarkets. It has become just another domestic chemical like washing up liquid and carpet shampoo. Consumers need to be aware of the risks they take especially when it is used on lawns where children play.
Sales of pesticides have become so normalised that it was even shelved next to food in a local branch of Tesco earlier this year.
It is time for a Europe wide ban, including the UK!
I have always said that growing your own food is the most anarchic thing you can do. Politicians and big business do not like independence, they want us to be docile consumers. To be the least bit self-reliant subverts that. That’s what makes me smile every time I get veg from the garden!
Growing food is easier than you think, you can start in an afternoon – see how
There has been lots of research over the years that showed that glyphosate does not break down on contact with soil, as was claimed. It now looks as if it also damages soil and the human gut.
The latest study was carried out by a team led by Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen. The researchers suggest that glyphosate use could be behind the recent spike in gut disease noted in industrialized nations that genetic reasons alone have failed to explain.
People ask me why I grow/buy organic food, this is the answer. And it is on sale in many supermarkets next to household cleaning products and sometimes next to food. It should be banned.
Gloomy prospect … meadow flowers in Upper Teesdale. Photograph: Kevin Rushby/The Guardian
What has been obvious this year is the lack of insect strike on the windscreen of cars! Some say that it is a good thing, but it emphasises the huge decline in insect numbers and should sound alarm bells. The link to insecticides is obvious yet there is no response from government.
Pesticides are now sold in supermarkets alongside cleaning products. A sign of how normalised they have become. This was evident in a local branch of Tesco where pesticides were shelved next to food!
In the garden it is lawns that get the full treatment. In Spring each year there are endless TV adverts show ways to blast weeds with the latest product. For a pesticde free lawn, see this site
With climate change happening now there will be a huge impact on food supplies. Keep a small area of unsprayed grass but use the rest to grow food!
Things you can do:
Make a pledge to become a pesticide free household, especially if you have young children.
Think seriously about growing some food. Start with one metre square raised beds, all the information you need it here.
Become more informed about pesticides in food and how to avoid them.
The article is full of information about waste in the supermarket food chain. What is surprising is that a lot of waste comes from farmers over producing for fear of not being able to supply.
Riverford founder Guy Singh-Watson has openly spoken about his experiences in the 90s: “When I used to supply the supermarkets you generally grew about a third more than you thought you would sell, just to make sure that the supermarket buyer didn’t have a tantrum if you ran short, and so routinely, you have more than you can sell and so you just mow it off and plough it in – that’s the normal thing to do.”
The overriding issue is how supermarkets have come to dictate the whole agricultural industry.