What Else Don’t We Know?

I am not prone to “fact-checking” statements.  Life is too short to need to be right about everything.

Earlier today, however, I came across a statement that caused me to pause and poke around a little bit.  The statement was found in my e-mail and came from GoldenFact and it stated:

In the U.S., the apples sold at stores can be up to a year old.

Can’t be, can it?

Well, apparently it is a true statement and here is the link to one of several articles that back the statement up.

That apple you just bought might be a year old – but does it matter?

And a quote from that article: “To slow the proverbial sands of time, some fruit distributors treat their apple bins with a gaseous compound, 1-methylcyclopropene,” the USDA states. “It extends the fruits’ post-storage quality by blocking ethylene, a colorless gas that naturally regulates ripening and aging. The same chemical is used to lessen the “de-greening of broccoli, browning of lettuce, and bitterness in carrots,” according to the USDA.

So much for the “An apple a day. . .” theory.

This saddens me.



About Ray V.

Living in Aiken, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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14 Responses to What Else Don’t We Know?

  1. So much for “natural”

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  2. josiesvoice says:

    The best way is to buy apples at a farmer’s market or an apple-picking event in an orchard. Straight from the source. Once it gets to a store, it has already been injected with chemicals for the purpose of increasing shelf-life. If you have an apple tree in your own backyard, then you do not need to worry about eating it at its peak. Just saying.

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  3. There is so much to be sad about when looking into the origins of our food. 😦 If you really want to lose your apatite, watch Food, Inc. or read a little on the state of our MEAT. Ack.

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    • Ray V. says:

      Where can I find Food inc.?

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      • Ooh… Do you have an excellent library system where you can order from all over the consortium? You need one of those!

        Umm… If you AREN’T lucky enough to have a super-library, maybe YouTube? Otherwise I’m sure you could order it from somewhere.

        In lieu of the movie, all books by Michael Pollan are excellent… I’d start with Omnivore’s Dilemma. Then In Defense of Food, so you’re not totally miserable!

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  4. I think I need to grow some apple trees……

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  5. I grew up on an apple orchard. Today’s apples taste nothing like an apple straight from the tree.

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  6. shelie27 says:

    Well I agree, so much for an An apple a day theory. Boo!

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