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    Default Re: Chalkstreams on Countryfile

    One thing we can do - don't buy washed salad leaves. Buy whole lettuces, preferably not sold in a plastic bag, and wash them yourself.

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    Why won't the whole salad also have pesticide residues which will find their way into watercourses after washing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonefishblues View Post
    Why won't the whole salad also have pesticide residues which will find their way into watercourses after washing?
    They do, but the levels are below "permitted levels". Now you know why I never buy bagged salad, grow your own then you know for a fact what's in it, cut and come again lettuce, in an old washing up bowl, supplies me for most of the summer and the same with lambs lettuce in the greenhouse over winter

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    How do we know the levels on whole salad heads?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonefishblues View Post
    How do we know the levels on whole salad heads?
    If you mean a whole lettuce, they are not washed, they are grown in hydroponic vat's in giant greenhouses pumped full of CO2 to increase growth rates, there is nothing to wash off, there's no taste either.

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    So salads used for leaves do have pesticide residue why, then? I'm genuinely puzzled here, as I rather assumed that they would be coming from exactly the same growers, growing conditions etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonefishblues View Post
    So salads used for leaves do have pesticide residue why, then? I'm genuinely puzzled here, as I rather assumed that they would be coming from exactly the same growers, growing conditions etc.
    The vast majority of loose leaf salad comes from Spain, shipped in bulk in refrigerated containers with a high CO2/nitrogen atmosphere to slow/ stop spoilage. The problem comes from the way the leaves are grown and watered where fungicide/ insecticide are added to the irrigation water, the bulk of this enters the environment with associated consequences. Spain is a ticking environmental time bomb, the EU and the world can set as many targets as they like to "save" the planet but money talks so it's pointless. The only way change will happen is if we as individuals take responsibility for the things we buy and eat.

    Almost all, if not all, iceberg lettuce are grown hydroponically in controlled environments so a completely different product.

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    Many foods are treated with something I'm afraid. There are legal limits but whether these are sufficient to protect our rivers is for anyone interested to research. The worst problem is discharged sewage. There is an article published today which states how poor British river quality is (excepting Scotland). Europe's are much better as the laws are stronger there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Secret Angler View Post
    ...There is an article published today which states how poor British river quality is (excepting Scotland). Europe's are much better as the laws are stronger there.
    Please provide evidence that the laws are stronger in europe. My understanding is that the EU parliament rejected uk proposals for "polluter pays" legislation.

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