European Journal of Integrative Medicine 4:107-108 September 2012 DOI: 10.1016/J.EUJIM.2012.07.723
Bonucci Massimo 1, Proietti Maurizio 2, Del Buono Andrea 2, D’Orta Armando 2
1 Casa di Cura San Feliciano, Rome; 2 Accademia di Micronutrizione ‘L. Pauling’, Caserta, Italy
Today food is no longer a problem from the quantitative point of view, in Western countries, but it is from the quality viewpoint. The poor quality of food is now a growing source of concern because fewer and fewer foods have characteristics appropriate for a healthy diet. Some products are cultivated in unsuitable conditions where there is the the presence of pollutants in the soil. The risk of contamination of foods intended for human or animal can be chemicals: dioxins, adulteration, pesticides, herbicides, chemicals used to preserve crops after harvesting, heavy metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs); and biological: mycotoxins in cereal-based food products which are the most important form of biological pollution. The mycotoxins formed during pre-harvest begin infecting plants in the field, and continue to the storage in warehouses. The health risks are considerable and varied but the main target organ is the liver.
Xenobiotics and other toxic elements impact on intestinal flora and intestinal permeability changes. It is necessary to put in place controls to ensure the safety of the citizen-consumer, through the organic certification of the adequacy of agencies to invitation producers to be vigilant and ensure that this happens. A study is discussed that demonstrates the quality of meat from animals reared in the mountains and the wild, characteristic of the inland areas of Italy. The problem is not only regarding humans; food
also affects the animals for slaughter to provide meat to feed humans, especially children.