Supermarkets in the pesticide comparison

Greenpeace test: Discounters depend on competitors in fruits and vegetables

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The supermarket chains Kaisers / Tengelmann, Edeka and Rewe sell the most heavily contaminated fruit and vegetables in Germany with toxic pesticides. This is the result of a new test by Greenpeace. In contrast, the cheapest chains Lidl and Aldi have done the best in the largest independent investigation so far. The goods of the three taillights show three to five times more excesses of the limit values.

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The bad news is that there are still too many pesticides in the fruit and vegetables of the supermarkets. No offer of the tested supermarkets was satisfactory, "says Manfred Krautter, chemical expert from Greenpeace. "The good news: less poison in food does not have to be more expensive. The discounters Lidl and Aldi have done a lot after our first test in 2005 to reduce the burden of pesticides and now depend on the competition. The retail chains can evidently change very quickly to better goods, if they only want. So it pays to pay attention to where you shop. Absolutely recommendable is only organic goods. "The customer review has been automatically translated from German.

Fruits and vegetables dangerous for toddlers?

According to Greenpeace, pesticides in food can affect the hormone balance and the immune system, cause cancer or damage the nervous system. One quarter of the tested goods assessed Greenpeace as "not recommended" because of too high spray agent contents. At Lidl it was 16 percent, at Tengelmann 34 percent of the products. For twelve percent of the samples, even the legal maximum levels were reached or exceeded.

In two percent of the samples, especially in grapes and lettuce, according to the results of Greenpeace put so high loads that their consumption can endanger the health of young children. In addition, residues of illegal pesticides were frequently found. Greenpeace filed a criminal complaint against the directors of the retail chains and calls for those responsible for the revocation of commercial law. display

576 fruit and vegetable samples examined

"The bustle of the food trade endangers the health of consumers. Minister Horst Seehofer and the consumer ministers of the countries have to eliminate these abuses as quickly as possible and improve the controls considerably, "Krautter demands.

For the test, Greenpeace bought 576 fruit and vegetable samples from the leading supermarket chains last autumn. Apples, grapes, peaches / nectarines, mangos / papayas, tomatoes, peppers, lettuces and arugula from conventional cultivation were tested for 250 pesticides. The tested companies cover more than three quarters of the German food market. Lidl moved from last place to first, after sales of the controversial group collapsed after the 2005 Greenpeace test.

Enjoy without worries?

Completely different than the environmental organization sees the situation naturally the industry association Agrar. "Even the crop protection industry has no interest in the fact that leftovers of their products make people sick, " said Volker Koch-Achelpöhler from the merger of companies in the agricultural and agricultural biology industry in Germany in a first opinion. "That's why we've developed tools and procedures that leave as few residues as possible. That's why consumers can enjoy the breadth of fruit and vegetables that we have today. "

The fact is that residues are in many cases not completely avoidable. Decisive is the amount. This was confirmed by the health authorities, who thoroughly examine each individual plant protection product. They only allowed pesticides that were safe. If Greenpeace finds more residue in its tests than in previous years, then this is due to better analytical methods, Koch-Achelpöhler said. The tiny traces that they prove are allegedly not a health problem.

Greenpeace yesterday published the results of the new supermarket ranking together with further comparative tests in the free shopping guidebook "Essen ohne Pesticides".

(Greenpeace / Industrieverband Agrar, 15.02.2007 - DLO)