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On our plates, there is everything...
even banned pesticides.

The NGO Générations Futures has detected the presence of dangerous molecules in our bodies. In cause: food imported from outside the EU.

They are forbidden in France and yet they are still found on our plates. Dangerous pesticide residues are present in our bodies, reveals a study by the NGO Générations Futures, published this Thursday, November 29th. This probably involves food imported from countries outside the European Union.

Thanks to a new and very advanced analysis method, the NGO tested the hair of its employees and about forty children. The cocktail of molecules found is astonishing: flurenol, mipafox, anthraquinone or ferimzone...

So many products with sweet names banned in France and in the European Union. Often used since the 1950s, these chemical compounds continue to spread in the environment, before reaching humans and animals.

On average, 89% of grape samples showed pesticide marks, 88.4% for clementines or mandarins and 87.7% for cherries. (AFP)

"This clearly poses an important question, the association is concerned. That of the presence in our food of pesticide residues that are banned for use, often for reasons of dangerousness, etc., but which are nevertheless tolerated on our plates and probably often come from food from outside the Community."

Already, in October 2015, "L'Obs" had 63 strands of hair from a panel of children under the age of 12 tested. With appalling conclusions on endocrine disruptors and hormone-disrupting chemicals that could be found in it.

Control deficiencies

Considered as endocrine disruptors, i.e. substances likely to upset our hormonal system, they are suspected of being the cause of serious diseases: sterility, early puberty, genital malformations in boys, hormone-dependent cancers (breast and prostate), obesity, diabetes, neurodegenerative pathologies or behavioural disorders.

For Générations Futures, this alarming observation should push the fraud repression (DGCCRF) to provide finer data when it comes to pesticides in our food. For the time being, the DGCCRF only gives global information on these substances, without specifying the countries of origin of the fruits and vegetables, for example. This is clearly no longer sufficient.