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Does washing conventional produce really remove its pesticide residues?

The short answer is no, not entirely. According to the National Pesticide Information Center, washing produce reduces pesticide levels but doesn’t completely remove them. Some fruits and vegetables, for example, may have their residues sealed under a coating of shelf-life-extending wax. Others have soft or waxy skins that help chemicals stick to their surfaces.

What should we do ???

  • Wash any produce you serve in running water, not a bath—especially if it is conventionally grown.
  • Rub soft-skin produce as you go.
  • Scrub and/or peel produce that can take it.
  • Dry produce with a clean cloth if possible