Chinese Herbs Elixir of Health or Pesticide Cocktail?
An international survey by Greenpeace reveals the presence of pesticide residues in almost all Chinese herbs sold in North America and Europe. Pesticides were detected in 35 of 36 samples tested by an independent laboratory in China, on behalf of Greenpeace. More worrying levels of pesticides found in 26 products exceed the maximum limits in Europe.
The growing interest for a healthier lifestyle in the Western world has led to an increase in the amount of exported Chinese herb. According to the China Chamber of Commerce exports of Chinese herbs are increasing in double digits, encouraging producers to increase production to sustain supply and profits. Export volumes of Chinese herbs from China in 2011 amounted to 2.33 billion US dollars, with an annual increase rate of 36.48% compared to that of the previous year.
“Honeysuckle China purchased in Canada even reached the second largest product containing the most pesticides, says Eric Darier, the campaign on sustainable agriculture Greenpeace International. It contains 24 different pesticides. “
Traditional Chinese medicine, mostly based on natural therapies, is becoming increasingly known and accepted in the Western world. Treatment using traditional Chinese medicine is available in many European hospitals, backed by scientific evidence that proves, to some degree, their effectiveness.
Chinese medicinal herbs are a gift from nature and a cultural heritage stemming back thousands of years. Sadly, these precious plant species have now become the latest “victims” of chemical intensive agriculture. Greenpeace
Courtesy of iMan
To view the Greenpeace report: http://www.greenpeace.org/chinese-herbs-testing-results