Pesticide use leads to endocrine disrupters in French lettuce
An investigation has found that the majority of French lettuce contains traces of hormone disrupting chemicals, some of which are banned.Â Journal de lÂ Environnement reports.Â
The French NGO GÃ©nÃ©rations Futures released the results of an inquiry into chemical contamination in food products on TuesdayÂ (22 September). After examining the contaminants in strawberries in July 2013, the NGO published a report this week entitledÂ EXPPERT 5, examining lettuce, the fourth most popular vegetable in France.
The findings were less than impressive: of the 31 products bought in supermarkets in the French departments of the Oise and the Somme, grown on conventional farms, over 77% contained traces of at least two pesticides, and only 19% were pesticide-free.