Our food, furniture and frankly everything else are contaminated with industrial compounds – but how harmful are they?
TAKE a bite out of a fresh apple: there’s nothing as healthy or natural. The problem is that science tells us otherwise: sensitive tests reveal that pretty much everything in the modern world – fresh fruit included – comes with a cocktail of chemical extras. Some of these extras are welcome, but others are not. Consider that apple. In a study by the US Department of Agriculture, almost every apple tested contained residues of insecticides, fungicides and herbicides – toxic substances that can pose an extreme threat to humans.
Look hard enough and it is much the same story whichever food you examine. Nor is it just our eating habits that expose us to these pollutants – we pick up tiny doses from cosmetics and paper, from the cushions and fabrics we sit on, the water we drink and even the air we breathe.
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