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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