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Does organic food have fewer pesticides and bacteria than conventional?

When researchers who recently authored a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine looked at the pesticide residues on produce, they found that conventionally grown fruits and veggies did have more detectable pesticide residues than organic produce. However, the amount found was below the levels that would pose a health risk as established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Both organic and traditionally grown can contain bacteria.

However, simply washing and scrubbing produce with a veggie brush under running water helps remove pesticide residues, dirt and harmful bacteria on the produce's surface.

 

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