P163 Teletext 163 Oct23 21:00:11          ———————————————————————————————  NASTY CIDER-FECTS?  If you crunch on an apple a day in the belief it will keep the doctor away, you could be biting off more than your health would like to chew on. New analysis of Government research by Friends of the Earth suggests apples are frequently contaminated with dangerous levels of pesticides. The news comes on Apple Day, set up to encourage demand for local varieties. ——————————————————————————————————1/9—— by Bernadette Carroll WIN A CAMCORDER p463 Food What's On Big Screen Club 140
P163 Teletext 163 Oct23 21:02:11          ———————————————————————————————  NASTY CIDER-FECTS?  Ministry of Agriculture research into pesticide residues on apples show: 90% of the apples sampled contained pesticide residues. 70% of the samples contained one or more residue. More than 5% contained five different pesticides. Pesticides found included carbonate insecticides, fungicides and organophosphate. ——————————————————————————————————2/9—— Fun and Games 150 Bamboozle 152 TODAY'S BIG ISSUE p161 Food What's On Big Screen Club 140
P163 Teletext 163 Oct23 21:02:03          ———————————————————————————————  NASTY CIDER-FECTS?  Pete Riley, Food Campaigner for Friends of the Earth, says very little is known about pesticide residues on food and their effect on human health. He says: "US studies have shown that long-term exposure to low levels could cause f—lbge to the nervous system. "Symptoms range from tingling sensations in muscles to more serious forms of mental illness such as schizophrenia and depression." ——————————————————————————————————3/9—— Your Total Entertainment guide 400 OLIVE AND TOMATO PALMIERS p164 Food What's On Big Screen Club 140
P163 Teletext 163 Oct23 21:00:01          ———————————————————————————————  NASTY CIDER-FECTS?  It's not only humans who are at risk from modern-day apples, claims Pete Riley, from Friends of the Earth. "Ministry of Agriculture research reveals that the neat rows of tightly packed apple trees support only half the bird species traditional orchards once had. "Birds hit worst include the tree sparrow and the wryneck, a woodpecker virtually extinct in the UK." ——————————————————————————————————4/9—— Are you ready for the millennium? 106 GREEN TV TODAY AND TOMORROW p165 Food What's On Big Screen Club 140
P163 Teletext 163 Oct23 21:00:00          ———————————————————————————————  NASTY CIDER-FECTS?  Pete Riley, from Friends of the Earth, believes modern-day apple orchards are failing wildlife because today's farming techniques are all about achieving "high yields". He says: "Pesticides are used to ensure orchards are pest free. This ensures a high yield and provides the right conditions for blemish-free apples. "But by killing pests, farmers are killing a vital food source for birds." ——————————————————————————————————5/9—— Have you seen Family Finance? 540 FULL GREEN SCENE INDEX p160 Food What's On Big Screen Club 140
P163 Teletext 163 Oct23 21:00:12          ———————————————————————————————  NASTY CIDER-FECTS?  Friends of the Earth welcomes Apple Day and strongly supports local production of traditional varieties. "Fruits such as apples are an essential part of a healthy diet, but we are exposing ourselves and wildlife to risk by tolerating the use of pesticides in fruit-growing," says expert Pete Riley. He adds: "We, as consumers, cannot be confident about food quality until the use of pesticides is banned for good." ——————————————————————————————————6/9—— Land on Planet Sound 480 CHECK OUT THE GREEN KITCHEN p164 Food What's On Big Screen Club 140
P163 Teletext 163 Oct23 21:01:15          ———————————————————————————————  NASTY CIDER-FECTS?  You can thwart potential pesticide residue dangers, claims Friends of the Earth. Make sure you wash fruit and vegetables thoroughly. Before you consrlf or cook, peel your fruit and vegetables. Buy and eat organic food. This is grown without the use of artificial pesticides or herbicides. ——————————————————————————————————7/9—— What's on the goggle box? 110 TODAY'S BIG ISSUE p161 Food What's On Big Screen Club 140
P163 Teletext 163 Oct23 21:01:00         ———————————————————————————————  NASTY CIDER-FECTS?  The Ministry of Agriculture denies claims by Friends of the Earth that pesticide residues on crops are hazardous to health and wildlife. A spokesman says: "If you eat crops that have been sprayed with pesticides, you will not be sick. "We would not sanction the use of pesticides which would present even the slightest risk to humans, wildlife or the environment." ——————————————————————————————————8/9—— Have you seen Family Finance? 540 GREEN EVENTS p165 Food What's On Big Screen Club 140
P163 Teletext 163 Oct23 21:01:00          ———————————————————————————————  NASTY CIDER-FECTS?  While the Government has no intention of banning the use of pesticides in farming, it is actively encouraging organic farming techniques. A Ministry of Agriculture spokesman says: "Organic farmers receive Government subsidies to help them flourish and expand. "We intend to increase these subsidies in the coming months, but this is subject to EU consent." ——————————————————————————————————9/9—— e-mail: greenscene@teletext.co.uk WRITE TO: GREEN SCENE, PO BOX 297, LONDON SW6 1XT. FAX:0171 386 5618 Food What's On Big Screen Club 140