Crumbs – is bread the only way to stop these birth defects?

July 20, 2009

It’s galling to hear Labour’s Ruth Dyson rabbiting on about the prospect of the Cabinet deciding to take time out while we look harder into folating our bread.

Dyson told Radio NZ she’s outraged that the Government has let emotion overrule logic. Then she rattled off some numbers that seem to belong more in the emotion category than the logic one.

She reckons between now and the time a fresh decision is reached in 2012, more than 50 children will have been born with spina bifida, and some of those children – “probably about half” – could have been spared that fate by the introduction of folic acid into our bread.

Prime Minister John Key will be “denying them that chance.”

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