People around the world, people in Kenya, people like you and your family, are probably eating toxic pesticides that endanger your life.
Poor diet is the second leading risk factor for death and disability worldwide. When you think ‘diet’, you also need to think how your food is grown. This will tell you that pesticides are in fact, part of your diet.
Many pesticides are proven to cause cancers, heart disease, breathing problems, infertility and brain damage in children.
Food is a big source of our health problems. It is also the solution, because healthy diets can prevent illness.
There is hope. Kenyan MPs are considering a petition to withdraw the most toxic pesticides from our country (see petition here).
Play your part in ensuring the safety of your food, engage your MP on Twitter, Facebook or however you can, and urge him or her to support the petition. We’re using #ToxicBusiness.
Safe food for all Kenyans is enshrined in the Kenyan Constitution, 2010. The right to food is one of our economic and social rights, which the state is required to take steps to achieve. As per Article 43 of the Constitution of Kenya, the government has the obligation to respect, protect and fulfil the realisation of the right to food for all Kenyans.
However, food safety is one of the fastest rising concerns not only in Kenya but globally. With increased pressure to produce more food, there are various threats to food safety throughout the entire food system.
Consumer Grassroots Association which advocates for consumer protection, has delved into the matter of food safety in Kenya in a survey done in partnership with Route to Food Initiative (RTFI). The purpose of the survey was to assess the level of awareness and concern amongst consumers on issues of food safety. The survey focused on three counties: Kirinyaga, Kajiado and Nairobi. As per the survey, majority of the respondents (89%) felt that their counties are not doing enough to ensure food safety. As consumers, this survey is relevant because our health begins with what we eat.