Can you explain why non-organic berries are labelled the 'dirty dozen'?

Conventional growers have traditionally used a lot of sprays on berry fruit, with some fruits requiring particularly higher levels of sprays due to diseases they are susceptible to.  Strawberries for example can incur significant damage after rain, and therefore require combat chemicals to fend of root rots, or rotting of the fruit. Whilst the spray levels have decreased over recent years, there is still wide spread use of methyl bromide for sterilising the soils pre planting. Unfortunately many horticulturists feel the need to calendar spray for pests and disease whether they need it or not. When you’re 100% certified organic farmer like oob organic, absolutely no sprays or additives are used on the fruit.

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