are you all concrete dwellers? have none of you planted an organic garden?
if you're a true foodie, you owe it to yourself to grow at least one garden, and dispatch/clean at least one animal, just to get a perspective, and maybe some appreciation for the gestalt of it.
you'd be amazed at the buggies that infest a garden that avoids pesticides.
if you do the soaking in a sink full of cold water trick, you'll be able to remove 99.99% of the dirt and bugs. just give everything a good soak. even squiggly things need to breathe.
oh, and i've seen 4 immature and 2 adult preying mantises so far this year, having to carefully move one from my son's wagon back to the garden. also, have lots of ladybugs. put a few on my son's arm, which he thought was cool.
A true lover of nature does not despair now that his mistress has turned a colder cheek.