Toxic chemicals indirectly and directly affect food supply. Food purchased at U.S. Congressional Dining Hall contains detectable levels of neonicotinoids.

fruitA new study released by the Harvard T.H. and the has specified that are present in the and affect the U.S. congress cafeteria. The investigation was limited to congressional cafeterias. Pesticides are used widely on a range of crops including soy, cotton, corn, canola and sunflowers.

The researchers conducted two rounds of food testing, the first in January, and the second in May 2015. Approximately half of samples were taken from the and half from in Washington, D.C. In total, 66 food samples were tested for the presence of . Of that, 60, or 91% of samples tested positive for one , and 47, or 71% of samples had two or more neonics present. “We were surprised to find that most foods contained multiple , with as many as five in samples of fresh-squeezed orange juice and green bell pepper,” said Cynthia Palmer, Director of Pesticides Science and Regulation for ABC.

“It is almost impossible to avoid eating foods that are contaminated with in the cafeterias on Capital Hill. We can reasonably assume that the likelihood for humans to be exposed to through dietary intakes is the same as for birds, bees, and other pollinators in the environment,” said Chensheng Alex Lu, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Harvard T.H. .


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