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Pesticides in the fruit basket.

During the summer we eat more fruit and vegetables than ever. That’s all good, but if you’re not lucky enough to have banana and orange trees in your backyard, choosing organic is the way to go – at least if you don’t want to eat pesticides with your fruits and vegetables.

According to the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC or Naturskyddsföreningen), some of the worst when it comes to pesticides are grapes, citrus fruits (oranges, mandarin and satsuma oranges, clementines, grapefruits, pomelo and tangelo), apples, pears and bananas. Back in 2011, a non-organic fruit basket was tested for pesticide residue, and a shocking 9 out of 10 fruits contained pesticides.

Apples, for example, are one of the most popular fruits in Sweden, and we consume an average of 15 kg per person every year. In 2011, approximately 80% of the apples eaten in Sweden were imported. And even though the Swedish climate is suitable for pear cultivation, only 4% of the pears we consume are grown and harvested in Sweden.

But remember, pesticides are hardly ever found in organically grown fruits and vegetables.

To sum up: go bananas, but always go organic!

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