No, Stefano, A ‘Revolution’ Is Manifestly Not What Is Required…

Last week, we were informed, in an “earnest attack”, by Public Health England that supermarkets need to keep the spring flower away from the fruit and veg sections, because people are mistaking daffodil bulbs for onions. And, no, it’s not April 1.

It ought to be!

Apparently, some 63 people have suffered from daffodil poisoning over the past six years alone.

That’s…10 a year? Totally statistically insignificant.

Professor Paul Cosford, PHE medical director, warned: “Daffodils are dangerous if eaten and poisoning can occur as a result,” in a letter to stores. “We are aware of an incident a few years ago in which some shoppers, for whom English was not their first language, bought daffodils and cooked the plants believing them to be something else.”

Aha! The plot thickens! So non-English speakers and (presumably) children account for most of these cases?

No need for anyone to get their knickers in a twi…


Of course, there is.

Who remembers Jamie Oliver’s short-lived 2010 “Food Revolution”? In a scary scene, the cheeky chappie stumped a class of American kindergarten children by asking them to name variously not just an aubergine, but a potato, tomato, cauliflower and beetroot. Aussie children didn’t know bananas grew on plants. More than half could not identify a nectarine.

*shrug* So..?

This matters so much, so obviously, that it is collectively negligent of us to allow our children to grow up so ignorant. It’s scandalous that we’ve allowed the ability to recognise an apricot to become the butt of anti-middle class jokes about Waitrose shoppers.

The disconnect between the packaging of meat and its animal origins is even greater. This threatens not only food culture, but public health and the environment.

What a drama queen!

So, we need a few less “should have gone to Specsavers” jokes and more public education, particularly at primary school level. But, it’s pointless targeting children in isolation. Their parents undertake the weekly shop. We need nothing short of a revolution in the way that the general public is educated about the health and the food chain.

No. No, we don’t. This is a non-issue.

12 comments for “No, Stefano, A ‘Revolution’ Is Manifestly Not What Is Required…

  1. February 24, 2015 at 10:08 am

    I posted about this on 7th Feb, and my attitude was exactly the same as yours . What a load of old fanny. My himself even said let’s go and get a few daffs and make a stew. We both decided it must be non English speakers who were eating daffs.
    They just need to learn to read the lingo and then volia no more poisonings….

    • March 1, 2015 at 7:00 am

      The first case was indeed just that – a Chinese family who mistook them for a Chinese vegetable.

      The chances of that being repeated must be astronomically low!

  2. Ed P
    February 24, 2015 at 10:45 am

    The children’s ignorance comes from (a) their parents’ failure to educate them & (b) our rotten politically-distorted curriculum. I believe it’s never been worse: my daughter, now 23, tells me geography was, “all about climate change”, science was, “mainly about eco issues”, etc., etc. It’s not improved since she was at school – we are raising a generation of uninformed drones.

  3. Brightside Bob
    February 24, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Best keep them away from the croakuses then… 😕

    • March 1, 2015 at 7:00 am


  4. john in cheshire
    February 24, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    JuliaM, quite so. In addition, when was the last time you saw daffodil bulbs in the veg section of a supermarket because I don’t think I’ve ever seen them there.

    • March 1, 2015 at 7:01 am

      They often are quite near the veg in our local Morrisons, if there’s ‘overspill’.

  5. mona
    February 24, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    O my God ! Daffodils more poisonous than marijuana, where is it all going to end ?, I suppose fluoride is not put in rat poison.

    • February 24, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      Oh but daffodils are, Mona. Too many daffodils and one begins to display Welsh tendencies. And then where would we be?

      • Ed P
        February 24, 2015 at 8:29 pm

        Better keep the dafs away from the lamb then 😆

      • February 24, 2015 at 9:11 pm

        With big leeks and a predilection for sheep?

        • Furor Teutonicus
          February 25, 2015 at 9:17 am

          And gathering in great masses to sing shite songs in a language NO one except them even PRETEND to understand.

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