One of the big disadvantages of leaving Bristol is moving away from the amazing artisan Mark’s Bread. One of the things we are looking forward to at The Secret Acre is learning to make bread ourselves.
There’s a very good reason why we won’t eat non-organic white bread from a supermarket. Not just because real bread like Marks tastes amazing, but because two in every three loaves of bread sold in the UK contain pesticide residues.
You are literally eating weed killer on your toast. Worse still seven out of ten people in the UK have traces of this weedkiller in their urine, which the World Health Organisation says is probably carcinogenic to humans. No wonder The Soil Association want it banned.
You might well wonder why such a crazy state of affairs ever arose in the first place. As usual the culprit is big business agriculture putting profits before people. It is important when harvesting wheat that it is as dry as possible. But the old fashioned way of the farmer waiting for sunny weather doesn’t fit the timetable of big business and contracts. So about twenty years ago someone had the good wheeze of spraying the wheat with weedkiller just before harvest to kill it off and help it dry out. So today you can enjoy weedkiller in your urine. Nice! And that’s why we’ll be making our own bread at The Secret Acre.