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Are You Willing to Accept the Occasional Bug in Produce?

Yesterday I read an interesting article on Gourmet's website that discusses an increase in spiders found in packages of grapes. As more and more farmers stop using pesticides and start growing organic, insects like spiders act as a natural pest control. The problem comes when the consumer discovers a bug in their home kitchen.

While I'm a fan of organic produce, the thought of almost popping a grape with a spider on it into my mouth totally freaks me out.

How do you feel about the matter? Are you willing to accept an occasional pest or cobweb in return for fruit and vegetables that are pesticide-free?


MsMO MsMO 8 years
Just wash your produce... you should anyway even while they were using pesticides.
marie-lee marie-lee 8 years
I am with mamasitamilita on this one...I always wash my produce first. So unless the bug is inside the food itself I find the before they end up near my mouth.
muse2323 muse2323 8 years
that really depends on the bug. (soooo not a fan of spiders in my house.)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I hope I'm not jinxing myself but I've never had this problem.
laka laka 8 years
OMG, kerabelle, ME TOO! I freak even if they're only on television and if the ground is wet after a rain, I will not look down. :( I was beginning to think I was the only one. My misery likes the company, though. :hug:
opentypeA opentypeA 8 years
I can handle picking out a dead's when there's a live spider I have to chase around the kitchen that would creep me out.
Marci Marci 8 years
I had a spider crawl out of some berries I bought. At least it was alive. I can't stand those dead flies or whatever they are that you find in lettuce.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i totally get that there a bugs out there in the field and that it's a natural pesticide and all that - but honestly, i'd be happy to not have them in my food. it's just not something that i'm looking forward to.
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
You can find bugs even when pesticides are used. They don't eat much. :) Now bugs in things that aren't raw, that's where I draw the line. If something has been processed, I don't want to find a spider in it.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
My grandpa was an entomologist and he always told us "Bugs are people, too". They're part of our ecosystem and produce comes from THE OUTDOORS so yeah, you're probably going to find the odd beetle, slug, worm, or whatever on your food. Just wash it off well and look it over before you eat it. I get sweet corn from my garden and we don't spray it for corn borers, so every so often we'll find a couple of ears that have them inside...just cut off the eaten part and eat them anyway.
nae02etc nae02etc 8 years
this has happened to me. i bought a bag of green grapes, i don't remember what kind, but they were smaller and more compact than your regular variety. and i had washed them in the sink, and put them in the fridge. i had been eating them here and there, and a couple days later when i go to reach for a grape something moved! it was a pale green spider that had been hanging out deep inside a grape cluster. i released him outside...but what a tough bug! survived vine to shelf to sink to fridge!
jennythereader jennythereader 8 years
I can deal with other bugs, but I'm almost pathologically arachnophobic. If I found a spider on something I was about to eat I probably have a nervous breakdown.
mellie_608 mellie_608 8 years
produce guy ... not product guy :)
mellie_608 mellie_608 8 years
They can even be in conventional produce as well. Like the above comment from fleurfairy. I was working at a grocery store when the product guy found a huge tarantula in with the bananas from South America. Luckily it wasn't the poisonous type like the recluse, but it was very freaky!! Fruits and vegetables grow outside it's just a fact that they will be bugs! I used to prepare (wash) the lettuce at times for the department and would find many bugs after letting it soak. Most produce departments prep your produce ahead of time so many of you have no idea because it has been washed first before putting it out.
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 8 years
heck no. absolutely not.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I heard there was a brown recluse in some bananas at a Whole Foods and they had to call a special spider wrangler to kill it. The guy said it was the most aggressive spider he's ever seen. It could have killed someone. So now I don't accept bugs in my produce.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
im not that huge on all organic fruit, so im gonna go with a no bug on this one. i scrub before i eat anyway so its all good.
PinkUnicorn PinkUnicorn 8 years
Meh, I've found caterpillars in my organic lettuce, little flies on my organic peppers and assorted other little creatures. The best bug incident though came when my fiancee and I were having a romantic evening away with champagne and strawberries (which of course were organic) when a great big daddy-longlegs came sauntering out of the berries onto my hand. I screamed and then laughed hysterically. I would rather have a bug here and there rather than the scary chemicals that I can't see.
soapbox soapbox 8 years
I'm still traumatized from when I found a green worm in my pre-washed salad bag 3 years ago. No way would I accept seeing an 'occasional" bug!
Karelynn Karelynn 8 years
I inspect most anything before I eat it, maybe I'm just paranoid about this sort of thing.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
(and fruits and vegetables)
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Krradford - it's a green stink bug. They usually are more prevalent in the South, and they suck sap and stuff out of leaves.
kerabelle kerabelle 8 years
I am horribly, scream inducing, afraid of worms, the way others are afraid of spiders, rats, sharks, and/or commitment. When I was around four years old I was shucking corn in the back yard (I loved the silk) and a fat old white worm came crawling out. I refuse to shuck corn to this day.
girlwparasol girlwparasol 8 years
Depends on the kind of bug... a worm or a beetle or even a regular kind of spider, I could handle. An exotic spider that's poisonous or a scorpion? No. No deadly bugs, please.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
I usually buy organic produce, and I wash it well and look it over first to make sure. :P I've never had a problem with finding any bugs– yet.
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