Fast way to get an unpleasant reaction from Mom? Come to dinner with mud on your face and hands. You're full of germs...eeeww. March right into the bath young man!
The farm market bothers some at this visceral level: visible "earth" on fresh produce especially reinforces it. See what you did Ma? We're scared of organic.
The news that grade school aged children shed measurable pesticide residues in their urine is going to have parents "getting" more organic produce. A little mud on the hands, maybe not so bad in comparison.
Contrast Grandma's folk belief that dirty faces are unhealthy and needing of soap and water remediation,...with present-day Mom's concern with pesticide residues. Did Grandma need scientists to convince her to wash the kids face and hands? Doubt it. Folk wisdom doesn't come with a text book on parasitology .
Does it surprise anyone, then, that the popularity of organic food is rising several percent each year, in spite of the protestations of Men In White Lab Coats? Possible underlying motive for Department of Homeland Security wanting owners and users of hazardous material sensing equipment to be licensed: Must...Stop..Hippie Scientists...From...Communicating...With...Mothers Of America.
TreeHugger strongly recommends reading the entire Seattle PI article (linked below).
Abstract and link to full peer reviewed publication are here, in Environmental Health Perspectives.
Via::Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "Harmful pesticides found in everyday food products,
Mercer Island children tested in yearlong study" Image credit::ABC News, "Moss leads fashion pack at Glastonbury," Mud Challenge