Poison Apples

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Poison Apples

Acceptance of the new chemical products hasn’t been automatic or unanimous.

Farmers resisted them.

Scientists and doctors challenged them.

In the 1980s, the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council and a group of activists raised awareness about a chemical commonly used on apples saying daminozide (Alar) could cause cancer in children because they eat large amounts of apple juice and applesauce relative to their body weight.

Long before the Alar scare, many children died from eating apples contaminated with arsenic.

In 1933, 100,000,000 Guinea Pigs: Dangers in Everyday Foods, Drugs, and Cosmetics was a best-selling book.

The authors alleged from the late 1800s to the 1920s, more than 100 million Americans suffered from symptoms of lead and arsenic poisoning.

Lead and arsenic (lead arsenate) were used as pesticides in orchards.

Believe it or not, arsenic is still used today – even in chicken feed!

It’s used to promote growth, kill parasites, and “improve pigmentation of chicken meat,” even though arsenic is strongly linked to many types of cancer and diabetes.

In 1999, 318,000 pounds of arsenic were used in California alone.

The US Congress responded to concerns about the food supply by establishing the Federal Trade Commission in 1912 and the Food and Drug Administration in 1927.

But then as now, the industry fought standards with lobbying money and lots of advertising.

The government usually sided with the groups who were making the most money – industry.

Meanwhile, lots of new chemicals hit the market.

Methyl bromide, a soil fumigant, was introduced in 1936, and DDT reached the market in 1945 and was widely viewed as a less-toxic substitute for lead arsenate.

These are just a few notable examples among thousands.

You’ve probably seen the pictures of trucks with hoses spraying children at play and eating sandwiches to “prove” just how safe DDT really was.

We now know it wasn’t safe at all.

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