are the noble folk of food world, loved equally by doctors and grandmothers.
Vegetarians live off them and meat-eaters are told to live off them. But in
Delhi, under every crunchy leaf of radish or the shiny brinjal hide dangerous
amounts of pesticides that can slowly kill, shows a new study by JNU. Pritha
Chatterjee and Aniruddha Ghosal report how growers, consumers and the
authorities may not even be aware of the scale of these toxins threatening
people with coughs to cancer When you eat your leafy greens and those elegant
bhindis, you are doing yourself and the earth a world of good. Universally
accepted as repositories of vitamins and minerals crucial to keeping good
health, vegetables also help us do our bit for the environment and turn us into
animal rights champions by default. But Delhi could be committing serious
offence to its long-term health by biting into that innocent-looking gobhi. A
recent study by JNUís School of Environmental Sciences is the latest among many
to establish there is contamination from pesticides in vegetables grown and
consumed in Delhi-NCR.