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Old 12-10-2011, 08:45 AM
 
Location: In a house
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Yeah I wasn't cautioning so much against bacteria, as I was the idea that you might be eating something that's been peed on. And might have some odd faint aftertaste of, y'know, pee.
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Old 12-10-2011, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Upper St. Clair
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wash them?
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Old 12-10-2011, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I don't think I'd be deterred from eating an apple by the statistical risk that a squirrel has peed on it, and that pathogens formed in that pee that wouldn't have formed otherwise, and that they were not rinsed off by rain, nor by the commercial processing of the apple, nor rubbed off in my bare hands when I polish it before eating it.

Maybe somebody can suggest a list of the dread diseases that use squirrel pee as a vector.
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Old 12-10-2011, 05:27 PM
 
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As I said - it's just the idea that I'm about to put my mouth on something coated with dry pee on it, that would convince me that rinsing an apple off before I eat it, is probably a good idea - whether it's organic or not.

Organic doesn't mean it's free of blechy things like pee and bird poop. It just means that the guy who takes care of the farm isn't adding new synthetic chemicals to the fertilizer.
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:11 AM
 
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. . . , nor rubbed off in my bare hands when I polish it before eating it.
After you've washed your hands, right?
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Helsinki, Finland
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So, i finally decided to put my SO on a strict diet, which means no carbs or saturated fats. She eats mostly boiled fish, fruit and veggies now. A week ago i added some apples to her diet. But now she complains that she feels even more hungry as days go by. Could it be the apples? Anyone with similar experiences? Thanks.
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Old 04-24-2014, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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This thread is several years old, but I'll repeat this: Apples are not sprayed with chemicals. The trees are sprayed before the fruit forms. No pesticide ever comes in contact with the apple. The pesticide either washes off the tree by the time the apple is picked, or it loses its toxicity by that time. If you're still worried, rub the surface with your hands. Eat the damned thing.
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