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Dirty Dozen in the UK? (Organic Fruit & Veg)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 17, 2012 at 10:05 AM

I was wondering whether the "Dirty Dozen" list of vegetables and fruits to buy organically would still apply within the UK.

I guess this would depend on where the produce is sourced from and whether there is any correlation between the UK and USA. For those in the UK, is there anything specifically that you buy organically/do you follow the list?

I currently buy non-organic peppers, celery, spinach, lettuce and potatoes - should I go organic?

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on December 31, 2012
at 08:18 PM

Seems like someone's doing that, not the only recent unexplained and uncalled for downvote in the top questions.

7fb4e9fb1162999cdd5099fee49dd0a7

on December 24, 2012
at 02:55 AM

I'd be interested to know why this was down voted?

B84597b7853f695c90593a6dc659078a

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on December 17, 2012
at 02:44 PM

Yes, the listed produce above are all on the dirty dozen list. In which case I may have to switch to organic (pretty much double the cost in the UK), or alternatively choose items not on the list!

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7fb4e9fb1162999cdd5099fee49dd0a7

on December 17, 2012
at 05:46 PM

Organic in the UK (at least as it is labelled in supermarkets) only confirms that the item is not GMO. It doesn't have any bearing on whether or not pesticides are used. You're better off going to a farmers market and confirming with the grower or using a produce delivery site that states this. If you can source the fore mentioned then eat as you please.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8415576.stm

7fb4e9fb1162999cdd5099fee49dd0a7

on December 24, 2012
at 02:55 AM

I'd be interested to know why this was down voted?

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on December 31, 2012
at 08:18 PM

Seems like someone's doing that, not the only recent unexplained and uncalled for downvote in the top questions.

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on December 31, 2012
at 08:49 PM

I don't think it matters much. For some, the reason they are on the dirty dozen list is because of their skins and/or how much the chemicals leech into them. For example, things like broccoli and asparagus are not on the list because they have tougher exteriors that resist a lot of the pesticides and herbicides sprayed on them. Things like berries are the opposite. However, there are some items on the list that get sprayed more often than others as they typically get ravaged by pests more easily - strawberries are one example.

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on December 17, 2012
at 02:19 PM

I don't know if there's a huge difference between Euro and USA. I know my produce often has European origins on it! The few you list are the worst for pesticide residue, aren't they?

B84597b7853f695c90593a6dc659078a

(130)

on December 17, 2012
at 02:44 PM

Yes, the listed produce above are all on the dirty dozen list. In which case I may have to switch to organic (pretty much double the cost in the UK), or alternatively choose items not on the list!

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