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Children, food & pesticides week 15 to 19 June
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Jake about to enjoy his organic blueberries

The Safe Food Campaign is raising awareness of the importance of organic food to health, especially for children. During the week of 15 June, there will be several food workshops, a public meeting and free tasting of organic fruit in Commonsense Organics stores in Wellington: Kilbirnie, Wellington city and Lower Hutt. The week, focusing on children, food and pesticides, is being run in conjunction with an international campaign this month by the Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific to raise awareness of the effects of pesticides on children. More >>

CHILDREN AND PESTICIDES
We spoke to the Primary Production Committee in parliament on 4 December 2014 about our petition asking for zero tolerance for pesticide residues in baby food. You can read written submissions here from Dr Meriel Watts Meriel Watts submission on babyfood petition 2014 and Alison White Alison White submission on baby food petition 2014
Our media release 'NZ baby food 800 times more pesticides than in Europe' is here

READ AN ARTICLE ABOUT OUR PETITION HERE
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Media release after the Primary Production Committee's response to our petition here.
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Poisoning Our Future: Children and Pesticides
A new book (2013), freely available here, by Dr Meriel Watts, Co-ordinator, Pesticide Action Network Aotearoa

Irradiation

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A suitable symbol for irradiated foods along with the words 'irradiated'

 

Much more irradiated food could appear in Australia and NZ, in spite of the European Union ruling out further approvals for it because of safety concerns. The present inadequate labelling may also be removed. Food Standards Australia New Zealand is proposing to allow irradiation of 12 new foods: apples, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums, honeydew, rockmelon, strawberries, table grapes, zucchini and squash. These are in addition to foods already approved to be irradiated: tomatoes, capsicums, herbs, spices, herbal teas, mangoes, mangosteens, pawpaws, carambolas, breadfruits, custard apples, lychees, longans, rambutans and persimmons. Read more here.

 

 

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