Remove pesticides from the school menu
PAN UK has found residues of 123 different pesticides in the fruit and vegetables given out to four-to-six year olds via the Department of Health’s School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme. They include suspected endocrine disruptors which interfere with hormone systems, known carcinogens, and organophosphates that can negatively affect children’s cognitive development.
For a daily cost of 1p extra per child, the Department of Health could end schoolchildren’s exposure to this cocktail of pesticides.
Email the Department of Health and demand that produce given to schoolchildren be pesticide-free.