I really don’t like to admit when I’ve had a stupid thought about something or when I have been very wrong about something. Who really enjoys being wrong? I don’t. I’ve had my fair share of not so bright thoughts and ideas. Some just down right ridiculous even (we aren’t going there today). But when I am wrong, I do my best to fess up and admit it. Maybe in a round-a-bout way at times. Maybe like I am doing right now even.
I have to admit, there was a time when I really didn’t get what the big deal was about Organic vs Conventional or GMO foods was. I wash my fruits and veggies, so if there was really any pesticides left on them surely I would have washed it all off. Unfortunately, it doesn’t exactly work like that.
In the recent past I have begun to buy only organic produce or growing my own organic produce for reasons aside from the pesticides factor.
This weekend I bought several bunches of Organic Spinach. Since fruits and veggies are free grazing foods in our house, I wash everything so its ‘ready to eat’. I am on a Juicing Kick and I have been running all sorts of fruits and veggies thru the juicer or blender and its nice having things ready to use. On one of my juicing adventures with a bundle of spinach I thought it sounded like there had been some dirt on the leaves when they were juiced. So my next bundle of spinach got a better wash than the first one did, essentially a second wash. Not that my first bundles wasn’t washed well, we just have a thing about eating dirt since it isn’t one of the important food groups. I thought I did a pretty good job washing them but since they were organic I wasn’t overly concerned. I washed them the same way I would wash conventional produce, under running water.
The washing of my second bundle kind of surprised me. I typically washed under running water and this bundle was no exception (it was washed when I brought it home). The second bundle I threw in a crock pot crock and filled with water. I stuck my hand in the pot and grabbed the unwrapped bundle and swished it around 5 or 6 swishes and the water was filthy. It was brown. When I dumped the water there was infact dirt in the bottom of the pot. Quite a bit of dirt. So, I decided to clean out the pot and rewash again because I was curious how much more would come off my already washed spinach. I thought I’d share my findings with you. (This wasn’t the original bundle that went into the crock, I didn’t have enough insight and didn’t think that it would yield results worthy of a picture, so this is bundle #3 from the same organic bunch of spinach. What? I like spinach! Bundle #2 and #3 washing in the crock had identicle results).
Seeing how much was left behind on a second and third wash left me to question thoughts I previously had about washing my produce would clean of all pesticides and pesticide residue.Ive now come to the conclusion that probably didn’t happen. We ate the pesticides. I’m sure a good number of people wash their produce in a manner similar to how I was washing my produce.
For some people, enlightenment snaps on like a light bulb. For others, the light bulb needs to be screwed in before it can be flicked on. This was my moment of enlightenment over the fact that the vast majority of pesticides are not removed from produce before its consumed (aside from the factor of what percentage is absorbed into the food and could not be removed regardless of how much elbow grease is used to scrub them).