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Old 05-12-2014, 06:52 PM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I eat apples almost every day, and I never buy the organic ones. Use me as a science project. If any disease pops up that's a result of pesticide use, you'll know not to eat apples anymore.
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Old 05-13-2014, 02:35 AM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
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I recently read that apples have a huge amount of pesticides that are on them(and/or in them). Would peeling an apple make it pesticide free or maybe much less?
I saw that report also, but on the TV news. I already knew about it because years ago I saw another TV news report about scientists finding that certain pesticides & quantities of pesticides have been found to have penetrated deep into even oranges. If orange peels can't prevent pesticides from getting into the fruit inside, what chance does an apple peel have.

After I heard that news report, I switched to buying organic oranges. I was already buying organic produce but thought I could get by with conventionally grown oranges.

There are also other things commonly loaded with pesticides--tea leaves, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, for example. I used to think the bitter taste of non-organic spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, and the acidic sometimes slightly bitter taste of tea was normal... until I tried organic. If I hadn't eaten & drank a lot of stuff plain I probably wouldn't have noticed the differences in tastes and done my research about pesticides in food & tea leaves.

Sure, organically grown stuff costs more, but what could be done about that? Grow your own, go to discount farmer's markets, etc. to save some money.

I currently pay a lot for my organically grown foods, but it's worth it to me because I don't see the point in eating something that could cause me cancer or other health problems just to save money when if I end up with health problems it would cost more plus suffering and possibly death. I eat for health and to survive. I'm not going to eat poisons when I choose to live.
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Old 05-13-2014, 06:24 AM
 
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So where's the study, or even a hospital report, or a coroner's report, that shows how many people who've eaten apples from orchards that used pesticide spray, got deathly ill or actually died, as a result of those specific pesticides in the concentrations present in those particular apples?

If no one has actually gotten sick from them, EXCEPT for people who have specific, rare allergies, then you kind of have to conclude that - it won't get you sick. Unless you have an actual (rare) allergy.
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Old 05-14-2014, 05:53 AM
 
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So where's the study, or even a hospital report, or a coroner's report, that shows how many people who've eaten apples from orchards that used pesticide spray, got deathly ill or actually died, as a result of those specific pesticides in the concentrations present in those particular apples?

If no one has actually gotten sick from them, EXCEPT for people who have specific, rare allergies, then you kind of have to conclude that - it won't get you sick. Unless you have an actual (rare) allergy.
The effects of toxins are cumulative, and it's not going to result in any single illness that can be directly attributed to it that easily. More likely is people get something like Parkinson's or some other neurologic disease, that no one will ever connect to pesticides but still may have been triggered by years of exposure.
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Old 05-14-2014, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Peeling an apple, obviously, removes everything that is in or on the peel and the layer just beneath it. Which includes every external substance that has stuck to the apple that is not a part of it, and a very high proportion of the nutrient content of the fruit. If you peel it, you will reduce you diet by a negligible amount of bad stuff and a very appreciable amount of good stuff. Eat it all. Wash or wipe the apple if you want to.

There is plenty of information about the nutritional value of apple peel on line. Here is an example (which does not mean that I endorse it in particular):

Pectin, which acts as a stool softener by encouraging water uptake. Quercitin is there...that's a flavonoid that's supposed to help prevent heart attacks. Apple skins are also high in phenols, a type of antioxidant. Most of the fiber in apples is in the skin, as well as cancer-fighting phytonutrients. . . .
Directly underneath the skin is the highest concentration of vitamins. So, if you skin your apple too thick, you remove a lot of the vitamins.


Here's more:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple#Nutrition

Did you know that the Apple is a member of the Rose family?

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Old 05-14-2014, 08:55 AM
 
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Just wash and eat. We've all managed to live this long eating Apples and pesticides are nothing new. Our society is overthinking food. Wash it, eat it and stop mind-messing food.

Organic foods are one of the biggest scams ever created.
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Old 05-14-2014, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I basically object in principle to discarding and wasting perfectly nutritious food because of some finicky objection to some questionable characteristic. Almost half of all the edible human food produced in the world is never eaten, for a variety of reasons, none of which is really justifiable. The food isn't spoiled, it's the people who reject it who are spoiled.
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Old 07-26-2015, 07:30 AM
 
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You want the truth ? Here it is:

EWG Home | Environmental Working Group
I went to EWG. It is like going to a site trying to sell you something; every click takes you to another page... but not much information, and when you land on the site it is 'washed out' until you sign up for something or close the pop-up.

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Old 07-26-2015, 07:55 AM
 
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You are entitled to your opinion, but you are wrong. I prefer not to eat fruits and veggies with Round-Up ready seeds that withstand massive doses of pesticides that don't even kill the bugs they were designed for, and killing thousands in 3rd. world countries. Look at the lawsuits against Monsanto.
This thread is about peeling an apple to remove pesticides. FYI - Roundup ready crops resist herbicides, not pesticides.
As far as impoverished areas go, ten million die annually because of lack of food or malnutrition. I've never heard WHO or the United Nations WFP rail against products that help farmers feed the world.
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