Do you eat your soil microbes?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 23, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Interesting article from the NY Times - Dirtying Up Our Diets The author states "...research suggests that reintroducing some of the organisms from the mud and water of our natural world would help avoid an overreaction of an otherwise healthy immune response that results in such chronic diseases as Type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis and a host of allergic disorders."

So, do you wash all your produce? What about the home grown or organically grown?


on August 17, 2012
at 10:11 AM

I can just imagine your horror wen you saw that ;)

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on August 17, 2012
at 08:47 AM

I go out of my way to make sure I get soil bits on my self-grown organic garden produce. I cured my stomach ailment/bowel problems almost immediately ( three days), after about a year of suffering with loose bowel movements. I had the idea of just eating my produce raw, and un-washed from my microbe-rich, well balanced mineral-rich soil. I found a mixture of soil supplements that were created by my local Yelm Worm Farm, in Yelm,Wasington 98597 that I added into my soil/garden. The balanced soil, along with a "soil soup (microbe-rich) watering of my garden, caused the perfect storm in my soil that caused my raw, unwashed, veggies to be the petfect medicine that cured my bowel illness.

I had tried all kinds of yogurts, homeostatic soil organism pills, vitamins, probiotics in pill-form, and none of those things worked for me. ONLY my soil from my garden on the un-washed vegetables did the trick. I did not eat a lot of the soil, just little micro bits that were left on the carrots, beans, peas, lettuce, cabbage, etc. I did not wash my own produce.

When you think about it, when was the last time you saw a horse or a cow wash it's vegetables? There is a natural balance of organisms that are needed to have a healthy body/bowel.


on June 24, 2012
at 02:20 AM

This came up in a Microbiology class I recently took (I had a teacher I liked and respected). She said that germs are everywhere. Don't worry about being too clean or trying to add more to your life, there are enough already on every surface everywhere.

Now, that being said, I don't wash my organic sweet potatoes. I am actually too lazy to wash anything, BUT I don't go out of my way to eat dirt.



on June 23, 2012
at 03:41 PM

If I pick ANYTHING from my garden, I eat it right then and there. No wash. I even remember crunching on a few pieces of dirt. It was an awful experience at first, but it's not too bad now.

As stated, I definitely wash all conventional produce I may buy in the store. But if I get anything grown local and from good quality soil, I eat it raw/dirty.



on June 23, 2012
at 02:45 PM

I don't wash my farmers market produce. I don't wash a lot of my organic produce, but that's mostly because I am lazy. :). I do rinse conventional produce, and sticky produce (aka tomatillos and anything that feels "off")



on June 23, 2012
at 03:53 PM

I absolutely wash them. What I pick up at the farmer's market still traveled in potentially unclean crates and boxes, in an unclean vehicle, and handled by sometimes questionable hands. (I watched a boy take his finger out of his nose and touch a pile of strawberries this morning. GAG!)


on August 17, 2012
at 10:11 AM

I can just imagine your horror wen you saw that ;)

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