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Wash Your Organic Produce. No, Really.

Green Lifestyle  (tags: agriculture, business, environment, garden, food, greenliving, greenproducts, organic, washing )

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One is what the produce industry refers to as "pesticide drift": The wind can--and frequently does--blow chemicals from nearby conventional fields onto organic crops. Pesticide contamination can also happen in the warehouse, since many produce -->

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Terry V (30)
Monday August 20, 2012, 8:55 am

Past Member (0)
Monday August 20, 2012, 9:25 am
Thanks Kit. Everything we grow is organic and we are rather probably no drift. But I often see various types of bugs on our crops so I always wash them...right before ready to eat as once they are washed the protective coating that helps keep the food fresh is lost.

Kit B (276)
Monday August 20, 2012, 11:44 am

Thanks for the information.

Nancy M (169)
Monday August 20, 2012, 2:10 pm
watch out for that cow manure!

paul m (93)
Monday August 20, 2012, 2:24 pm


David C (129)
Monday August 20, 2012, 3:08 pm

. (0)
Monday August 20, 2012, 3:22 pm
I love apple cider vinegar. I acutally cook my vegetables in it. When my stomach is acting up I don't take Tumms or another antiacid I take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Cures it within fifteen minutes.

John B (185)
Monday August 20, 2012, 3:30 pm
Thanks Kit for posting the Mother Jones article by Kiera Butler. Read it this morning in an email and so glad you posted it here on Care2. Reread and noted.

Seda A (4)
Monday August 20, 2012, 8:39 pm

Seda A (4)
Monday August 20, 2012, 8:40 pm

Past Member (0)
Monday August 20, 2012, 9:02 pm
Noted. Thanks.

Robert B (60)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 12:27 pm
It Never occurred to me to not wash produce or fruits. Even from my back yard which is chemical free. You never know what animal or insect or wind drift chemical has touched the produce.

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 12:48 pm
Common sense tells you to wash anything before you eat it. And if it taste nasty to spit it out. Bravo Robert B. and with today's air pollution and air quality alerts, we don't need to be posioned by the greed of the polluters.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 5:45 pm
Great info! Noted. Thanks, Kit.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 5:55 pm
Definitely washing all of my organic produce!

George Collip (0)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 11:52 pm
THANKS Can we ever be sure what we are really buying?

Rin S (10)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 11:53 pm
I've always washed all fruits and vegies, and everybody should definitely do the same

Devon Leonar (54)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 1:39 am
Thanks Kit... Yep, I like to wash it no matter where it comes from....

wendy webber (28)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 4:11 am
For me, it just seems to be part of food prep. I have been an organic gardener for the last 40 yrs and I learned the "hard way" about washing or soaking my food before coking/serving.In my very early daysof being an organic gardener,I had grown broccoli.Although I sprayed it down after picking I did not soak it.After cooking and then serving it with supper we began to eat it....only to be freaked out by green caterpillars all through the broccoli. My daughter would not eat broccoli again for awhile.So now I soak it in a light salt soln and if there are any critters they fall off in the sink water.No more trauma moments when eating broc. from the garden.Not one of my most glowing moments.
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