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?
asked byPrimalGains (130)
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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.
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.