Every man has a right to food as implicit in the right to employment. However, this right is being denied not only to the poor but also to others also these days.
Almost all the food items sold in public markets are poisoned. The situation usually goes beyond mere adulteration. High levels of red and yellow category pesticides including organo-chlorine and organo phosphorous pesticides found in vegetables and fruits. There are reports from Tamil Nadu that some farmers cultivate vegetables differently for own use and sale.
Pesticide is applied at every stage on vegetables for sale. Coconut too has become unsafe with the use of aluminium phosphide. Some of these applications are quite unnecessary or by way of extreme action to prevent pest attack. The consumption of vegetables treated thus has resulted in high incidence of various diseases, including impotency and kidney failure.
Pesticide is being applied even on fish to keep away flies. Fomalin is being used to prevent rotting. Milk also comes with pesticides and formalin besides a number of chemicals used for preservation including antibiotics. These can cause serious health problems. Very few dairies supply milk that is not dangerous.
Similar is the case with meat. Quality checks are only in paper while producers and traders use all sorts of methods to increase yield. The government had been failing to act the new food adulteration law, citing various excuses including absence of laboratories for routine checks. The real reason for lack of enforcement is, however, the nexus among traders, politicians and officials.