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    All of that is good info! I always thought "ya'll" had better sense than "we" did when it comes to the foods we eat. Here, in the States, the food industry is changing the rules labeling organic foods; they won't be so pure after the change goes through. The organic food industry is protesting, but, it will be an up-hill battle to prevent thee new rules being implemented. I hope ya'll do better than us.

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    started a topic Articles on Additives and Chemcals in Food

    Articles on Additives and Chemcals in Food

    The Guardian newspaper has been doing a series of articles concerning additives and chemicals in foodstuffs and other household materials.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/chemicalworld/story/0,14534,1215273,00.html

    Click the link ro read the whole lot, but here is a bi of it.


    20 ways to cut out chemicals

    Saturday May 15, 2004
    The Guardian

    1 Eat organic. It is the single best way to reduce exposure to pesticides.

    2 Avoid foods made with additives, especially for children. Lizzie Vann, the children's food campaigner and founder of Organix baby food, says children should develop a taste for real, natural foods in their early years and parents should particularly avoid the following: monosodium glutamate (E621); disodium 5'-ribonucleotide (E635); artificial sweeteners; sodium benzoate (E211); sulphur dioxide (E220); the colourings Quinoline Yellow (E104), Brilliant Blue (E133), Sunset Yellow (E110), Carmoisine (E122), Ponceau 4R (E124), and Indigo Carmine (E132).

    3 Write to your MP and MEP demanding clearer and stricter UK and EU food labelling laws. For more about what is tolerated under current labelling laws, visit foodstandards.gov.uk/foodlabelling.

    4 Support the Food For Life campaign, which aims to improve the quality of food served in schools. Action packs from foodforlifeuk.org (0117 9142446).

    5 Eat as much seasonal produce as you can. It will reduce your exposure to anti-fungal and anti-bacterial chemicals commonly used to extend shelf-life. Sign up to a local fruit-and-veg box delivery scheme.

    6 When organic produce isn't available, remember that some produce has lower levels of pesticide residues than others. Good candidates include aubergines, peppers, cabbages, frozen peas, garlic, leeks, marrow, radishes, swedes, sweetcorn and turnips. Conversely, the government has recently found high levels of pesticide residues in spinach, apples and celery.

    7 Be picky about your fish. All fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury, but for expectant mothers and young children, certain fish are best avoided - shark, marlin and swordfish. The FSA is now advising that pregnant women eat no more than four medium-size tins, or two tuna steaks, a week. Also avoid fish caught in enclosed seas such as the Baltic, where pollution can build up more readily. If the fish is farmed, only buy organic.

    8 Wash all fresh fruit and veg in running water to reduce exposure to pesticides - even if it claims to be 'ready-washed'.

    9 Peel fruit and veg. Also, discard outer leaves of leafy veg.

    10 Trim fat from meat and skin from poultry and fish - pesticides residues can collect in fat.

    11 Vary your diet and buy from a variety of sources. It will reduce your exposure to chemicals that accumulate in certain foodstuffs.

    12 Use less clingfilm when storing foods. It contains plasticisers that can leach into food. The FSA says to avoid wrapping high-fat foods such as cheeses in clingfilm, and not to use it in contact with food that is microwaved.

    13 Be wary of products boasting they're 'low-sugar' or 'sugar-free'. They may contain artificial sweetners.

    14 When snacking, try to replace ready meals, crisps, and sweets with alternatives such as vegetable sticks in dips, rice cakes and fresh fruit.

    15 Monitor and control the hours a child watches TV. Manufacturers of processed foods aggressively market products between 4-6pm. Support Sustain's campaign to get a ban on unhealthy food marketing to children (sustainweb.org), and complain to the Independent Television Commission (itc.org.uk).

    16 Reduce your egg intake - organic or otherwise - until the government investigates further why residues of the growth-promoting antibiotic lasalocid are increasingly being found in chicken's eggs.

    17 Suspect the worst when ingredients listings mention loose terms such as 'flavourings' or 'colourings'. Likewise with the word 'flavour'. The difference between snacks that are 'cheese flavour' and 'cheese flavoured' is that the latter actually has cheese in it.

    18 Remember that labelling laws dictate that if a product doesn't actually have any fruit in it, its manufacturer cannot illustrate the packaging with pictures of fresh fruit. Especially pertinent for yogurts.

    19 Lobby your MP and MEP to force the wine and beer industries to adhere to the same nutritional labelling requirements as food producers.

    20 Look and learn. Look at food labels. And learn what those terms, chemical names and numbers mean.

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