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February 2016 (Vol. 26 Issue 11)

ConditionsBaby Foods: What's Best for Baby?

Baby Foods: What's Best for Baby?

We all know we're experimental guinea pigs for the food industry

We all know we're experimental guinea pigs for the food industry. The thousands of additives and pesticides that form part of our daily fare mean that our bodies are storehouses of chemical toxins. The long-term health consequences of this situation are totally unknown-and that's official. Even the UK government's food experts admit this sad fact, while pointing out the potential hazards of the 'cocktail effect': how the different artificial chemicals in our food might combine to produce even deadlier unknown toxins (Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment. Risk Assessment of Mixtures of Pesticides and Similar Substances. Food Standards Agency, 2002).

Well, we're adults and we should be aware of the risks we run. But babies aren't.

Surprisingly, it now turns out that baby foods have been contaminated with pesticides for years, exposing infants to danger at the very time when their bodies are most vulnerable. As recently as seven years ago, a UK government-backed investigation found traces of the pesticide carbendazim in baby foods (Pesticide Residues Committee, 30 November 2000). This well-known hormone-disrupting chemical has even been linked to genital abnormalities in male babies (Schettler T et al. Generations at Risk: Reproductive Health and the Environment. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1999).

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