Tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetable varieties in Germany. The brilliant red fruits invite you to access the supermarkets in large numbers and varieties. The Greenpeace has discovered in a new study how edible the supply of night shade plants is in relation to their pesticide exposure.
The investigation showed that, on the one hand, the degree of stress on tomatoes with pesticides decreases, but on the other hand the number of plant pens used increases. Cherry and shrimp machines from supermarkets and discounters are less stressed than in previous years. On the whole, there are hardly any tomato samples which are completely unaffected.
Greenpeace employees bought in March six supermarket chains: Aldi, Edeka, Lidl, Metro, Rewe, and Tengelmann / Kaiser’s Germany-wide 61 tomato samples. The samples were tested by a certified laboratory for over 350 different residues. A second laboratory examined conspicuous findings. Residues were found in almost all samples, albeit predominantly in low concentrations.
In previous years, 30% of the tomatoes contained no pesticides, now only 3.4%. On the other hand, manufacturers are increasingly using a variety of different pesticides to avoid exceeding the limit for a single substance.
Some tomatoes contain cocktails from up to 11 different pesticides. There are too many. Here the manufacturers still have a lot to do. According to new scientific findings, it is precisely these multiple loads that are harmful to health. Greenpeace is not recommended as a test.
Organic tomatoes are also recommended. They are hardly loaded. Two organic cherry tomatoes were contaminated with a pesticide approved for organic farming. According to Greenpeace’s assessment, the burden of bioware was too high. Compared to conventional products, however, organic tomatoes are still very slightly contaminated.
The burden of pesticides can obviously be reduced significantly more than industry and producers claimed five years ago. With the campaign against poison in the food, Greenpeace has exerted considerable pressure on the trade chains. The pesticide reduction programs now have an effect on the tomatoes.
In this and other studies carried out in 2009 and 2010, Greenpeace recognizes a trend towards lower exposure to vegetables.