Oops. Topic: Bad Lettuce. Hey everyone. I've been incorporating more organic fruits and veg into my diet over the last year or so. Two instances which occurred this week have me slightly alarmed. I'll preface this by saying that from what I can find, it seems that buying organic is (more/less) a scam... not trying to start an argument, just that's what I gather from heated forum and comment section debates. The situation is sketchy at best, but legitimate research is in order. The point is, till then I'm probably going to stop buying organic since it doesn't seem worth it. Feel free to talk if you feel otherwise, but if you can link a supporting study that would be preferred. Anyway, the exciting part: Instance 1- I got a bag of organic rainbow carrots (so dank) but to my shock, one was already eaten to the core, which had dried up. There was about 1" section in the middle where a but of the skin and meat was perfectly intact, and gnawed off on the edges. It looked super freaky. Instance 2- I keep a head or two of green leaf lettuce for about a week at a time for use in salads. Ok so I pulled off a leaf and noticed a dead fruit fly. Sick. Tore off that bit and rinsed the rest. I grabbed another leaf, this time checking closely for critters which I never do. Found a little green aphid thing. Sick. Grabbed another, and another... Each and every leaf had some various sort of tiny insect on it. They seemed kindof lethargic due to the cold fridge or the insecticides, and would kinda moon walk around. A feisty one jumped onto my bare chest! Sick! Oh yeah I'm 3/4 of the way into this head, and just finished off another that was in the same bag, so lets just say I've been getting some extra protein. Even though I do rinse the lettuce thoroughly each salad. My questions for you experienced folk- In instance 1, should I toss the whole bag of carrots? That would be a bummer because they're so good, and not always in stock. I disposed of the carrot in question and put the rest in the freeze. In instance 2- is this normal or do I just have a bad batch? Is it good to rinse and eat? I mean I've been working on this lettuce for a week and I'm better than ever, so... Thanks guys!