Why You Should Still Wash Your Organic Fruits and Vegetables

Mother Jones

When you bring home organic vegetables from the farmers' market or grocery store, it's tempting to just give them a quick rinse rather than a thorough washing. But they're pesticide-free, you say! And a little dirt is good for you, right? But there's good reason not to forgo the wash, according to Mother Jones. Here's why:

Organic fruits and vegetables may not be grown with pesticides, but they're still susceptible to "pesticide drift," which is what happens when the wind blows chemicals from a nearby conventional field. Pesticide contamination can also happen during packaging, since many produce companies use the same warehouses to package both organic and non-organic produce.

But the biggest reason to wash your fruits and vegetables is to get rid of germs, according to Sonya Lunder, a senior analyst with the Environmental Working Group. (She reminds us that the big culprit of the 2006 E. Coli outbreak was organic bagged spinach.)

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