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Consumers are increasingly becoming wary of foods tainted with chemicals and fertilizers and express grave concerns over hormonal nutrition and genetically modified foods. They do not want their children exposed to these risky foods in their diets.
According to the industry definition, any of the various hormones produced by plants that control or regulate germination, growth, metabolism or other physiological activities are called plant hormones. These hormones can be organic as well as synthetic.
As hormones and chemical booster medicines are interruptions of natural processes, it is possible to get more, better-looking yet insipid products. However, producers are putting the agriculture industry in jeopardy and at risk, damaging the reputation of and trust in their produce in the long run. Land burdened by overuse of chemicals and hormones is rendered useless after long usage and abuse.
What is more, widespread media coverage over "hormonal disputes"
increases consumer awareness and provides negative publicity for the
industry. This, in turn, decreases the consumption of hormonized
food products. Developed countries, the
Farmers use artificial hormones mostly in tomatoes and eggplants due to difficulties in fertilization in cold weather.
In an interview with Today's Business, Fuat Engin, the general director of the Association for Promoting Consumer Awareness (TÜBİDER), said there was increasing public concern over chemically fertilized food products. "Not only do consumers feel anxiety and fear about hormones, but also about those foods that include pesticides (hormone and chemical additive residue) and genetically modified foods." Engin also expressed concern over the lack of control and regulation in the field. "It is up to government officials and regulators to increase awareness among consumers and to promote universal principles such as protecting health and the security of consumers. Those foods that contain pesticides and hormones are becoming the preferred foods of millions of poor people due to their low price. It should be an obligation on the part of government officials who have been entrusted with the health and safety of consumers."
The Turkish food and produce sector needs to comply with stringent food
codes, as the majority of food exports head to European Union countries,
which set very high standards. European consumers are sensitive to
genetically modified and chemically grown food products.
In agriculture, wildering, weed and plant illnesses cause a 65 percent loss in production. According to statistics, this kind of loss equates to approximately 23 million tons and could feed 150 million people a year. To cope with these challenges, farmers rely on chemicals that provide resistance to disease.
Turkish producers argue that the quality of agricultural chemicals is in
line with the standards and criteria of the World Health Organization (WHO),
the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the
Collaborative International Pesticides Analytical Council (CIPAC). The usage
of chemical additives in
The problem in
"Producers should be attentive regarding waiting time after using
antibiotics in planting -- and exceeding the maximum residue limit [MRL]
should be carefully controlled," Irfan Erol, a professor at
Another threat posed by the industry is the usage of cheap and very
poisonous chemicals. Poisonous chemicals are effective because they kill
weeds efficiently and cost less. A cheap and poisonous chemical called Methamidophos was incorrectly used in pepper production
Speaking at a conference titled "Usage of Chemical Additives and Hormone in Plant and Animal Production," Dr. Köksal Demir asserted that it was wrong to use the term "hormone" to denote the primary source of toxic residue in fruits and vegetables because farmers use chemicals in making vegetables and fruits grow faster and bigger. "I wish it were hormones," Demir said. "Reasonable amounts of hormones occur in nature and in plants, anyway, and help the development and growth of vegetables."
MAHIR ZEYNALOV İSTANBUL
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