DEAR SPROUTMAN: Hi. I am confused. I read your article on sprouting seeds and chlorine washing. You discuss problems with organic seeds and that it is better to buy seed that are chlorine washed. But, you sell organic seeds. I am confused because if buying organic seeds means they are not chlorine washed, then why sell them. Which is better to buy: chlorine washed seeds or organic seeds?
DEAR GLENN: You do not want chlorine washed seeds. With Sproutman’s seeds each a sample of each 50 pound bag is sprouted and the sprouts are tested for salmonella and e-coli. This testing provides 99% assurance that the seeds are safe to eat. Nobody in the organic movement supports the chlorine washing. The commercial growers chlorine wash their seeds to protect themselves from liability, but I test my seeds personally.