Poison in Strawberries: The BUND Investigation Report and How to Protect Yourself

2023-06-11 03:11:59

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Von: Dennis Friedrich-Liedschulte

Customers should no longer buy certain products. Poison has been found in strawberries in supermarkets. The BUND now wants to act.

Dortmund – Strawberries are popular throughout Germany and the rest of Europe. Whether with ice cream, yoghurt, salad or just plain – almost everyone likes them. It is only very disadvantageous if poison enters the body along with the fruit. According to a test by BUND (Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland) this happens with products in numerous supermarkets such as Aldi, Lidl or Rewe.

Poison in strawberries – Aldi, Lidl, Rewe and other supermarkets in the focus of the tests

Pesticides are supposed to keep creatures that are considered annoying or harmful away from plants. A still common but somewhat problematic practice in agriculture. According to a statement from the nature conservation organization, the BUND has now had a total of 19 strawberry samples from various retailers such as Aldi, Lidl, Rewe and other supermarkets examined in laboratories.

The result is problematic. Because 15 samples showed residues of pesticides. Two or more problematic substances were found in half of the samples, and three samples were even contaminated with a total of four substances (more news from the Service department at RUHR24).

So-called fungicides have been detected in strawberries. These substances kill fungi, but at the same time they are very dangerous for humans. Corinna Hölzel, BUND pesticide expert, says: The interaction between pesticides can increase their toxic effects. So far, these dangers have not been sufficiently taken into account by the risk assessment.”

Strawberries in the supermarket often have toxin residues – the BUND warns. © Vaclav Salek/Imago

Strawberries that negatively affect the endocrine system or prevent reproduction from working properly are not good for Aldi, Lidl, Rewe and the other supermarkets. But not only people, but also the environment suffers.

Poison in strawberries at Aldi, Lidl, Rewe and other supermarkets – very dangerous for customers

The fungicides are extremely harmful to birds and aquatic organisms. This in turn has an impact on the ecosystem and biodiversity. On the other hand, waterworks have to filter out the pesticides from the groundwater at great expense. That in turn is expensive – for everyone.

But what can customers do now to enjoy strawberries without ulterior motives? BUND recommends buying organic strawberries. No synthetic chemical pesticides are used in organic farming. But there is one more thing you can do.

BUND has started a petition against pesticides. With a petition to Federal Minister of Agriculture Cem Özdemir (Greens), they want to ensure that the use of pesticides is halved by 2030 and that particularly dangerous substances are banned. The goal: People should be able to get non-toxic strawberries from Aldi, Lidl, Rewe and other supermarkets, even apart from organic products.

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