Game is such a healthy food, if you do like to eat meat. But I admit I'd never thought anything more about the shot on which I try not to break a tooth other than that - but Waitrose are seriously concerned at the impact on our own health as well as the environment, of all that toxic heavy metal falling on the ground and eventually making its way into the rivers. Bearing in mind that lead in petrol and pipes in our houses was banned decades ago because of the threat to health, there is a plan to convert to steel shot over the next five years, but rather like unleaded fuel being a problem for cars' engines, it's a problem for the guns.
This video sets out the issue very clearly - with some alarming stats to support the argument.
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