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Greenpeace: 'too much' residue on European apples

Greenpeace tested apples from supermarkets in eleven European countries and found pesticide residue on 83% of the tested apples. According to the organization, half of the pesticides are harmful to organisms living in water, bees and other insects. Greenpeace tested organic apples as well and found no pesticides on these apples. They are therefore calling for an increase in the cultivation of organic apples.

Greenpeace tested 126 samples of apples, 109 of which were not organic and the rest of which were. The apples were bought in 23 supermarket chains and were tested for pesticides in an independent laboratory. 39 different substances were found on the apples. 

The report Pesticide application as routine in EU apple production can be found on Greenpeace's Belgian website. 

Source: Greenpeace

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