According to a report from the Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, non-organic fruit and vegetables in Denmark contain fewer pesticides than foreign produce and the organic varieties are completely free of pesticides.
Dan Jørgensen, the food minister, saw the findings as a reason to buy Danish. “It’s great that the annual report has again highlighted that if you want to avoid chemicals and reduce your intake of pesticides, you should choose Danish fruit and vegetables – ideally organic, of course,” he said.
Minister: world-class organic farming
The food institute DTU Fødevareinstituttet compared Danish produce with imports from other EU countries and countries outside the EU to arrive at their findings. According to Jørgensen, the fact that no traces of pesticides were found on the Danish organic items is proof that organic farming in Denmark is world-class. “It’s something people notice outside the country,” he said.
“And it contributes to giving Danish food-production a good reputation and sales potential abroad.”
DTU Fødevareinstituttet stated that none of the pesticides found on products in the Danish market should be of concern to consumers.