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“My nan didn’t do too bad on Spam.”

“My nan didn’t do too bad on Spam.”

In the world of food, the most repeated words said to me in a discussion about eating better quality food are along the lines of “Well, me nan didn’t do too bad on spam and lived til she was 90!”

Fortunately for your nan, she wasn’t consuming the likes of Thiabendazole, the highest occuring pesticide found in conventional grapefruit. Look on the box next time you’re in Aldi, Lidl, Sainsburys, Tesco, etc. You’ll see it listed where there’s a label. 

According to Wikipedia, the substance has a toxicity that can effect the liver and intestinal disorders. Effects on humans from use as a drug include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, or headache; very rarely also ringing in the ears, vision changes, stomach pain, yellowing eyes and skin, dark urine, fever, fatigue, increased thirst and change in the amount of urine occur. 

So why is this in our food?

Some will read this and say “Doesn’t seem to effect me.”

Are you happy that it’s in your food though and your body’s immunity obviously has to deal with it, never mind the effects on the environment!?

The Bread and Butter Collective held its second event on Monday, this time at Farm Urban in Liverpool. Leading the evening, Paul Myers explained to the 40-strong audience about the future of food, growing e.g. leafy greens indoors without the use of chemicals.

I’d like to think that given the passion of Liverpool’s people and their anti-corporate stance on greed, the city can come together and campaign to highlight two things. One, how we can consume higher quality food without the expense as demonstrated by pioneers like Farm Urban and, at the same time, reveal what’s in our food that partly contributes to some of the worst health statistics of any city in the UK.

As i mentioned to someone at the event, we take care what comes out of our mouth when we talk but seem to care far less what goes in our mouth when we eat.

What do you think?




Written by Joel Jelen, Ubiquity PR and The Bread and Butter Collective.