Due to loss of soil fertility and the desire to maintain productivity, modern food production practices involve the use of pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilisers, growth hormones, antibiotics, etc. These unnatural interventions leave traces in much food that we eat. Because of the belief that “we are what we eat”;  concerns have been raised about the connections to, and effects of, residual chemicals in food; especially in relation to children. The worrying rise of food allergies, attention deficit, behavioural disorders and obesity as well as conditions thought to be the province of old age, such as heart disease, cancer and adult onset diabetes.

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