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Is it a myth that pesticide only goes skin deep?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 07, 2012 at 6:10 AM

I've been working under the assumption for some time that produce that you were going to peel was mostly safe to buy conventionally (in terms of eating, not human rights, or carbon footprint). We were in a pinch a while back and bought some conventional apples that we peeled, but there was still a distinctive chemical taste even in the center of the apple.

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on February 07, 2012
at 07:09 PM

Blah, you are crazy, I crave broccoli and have a whole head at least three times a week! Roasted, pureed, steamed...so good. Also, in regards to the banana- isn't that kind of the point? That they would eat the flesh but not the skin ergo the skin effectively stopped the passage of pesticides?

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on February 07, 2012
at 06:16 PM

I dunno, both organic and non-organic broccoli tastes like crap to me. :) I can only eat it drowned in something else, like cheese or chili.

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on February 07, 2012
at 05:31 PM

Cute...sounds like a jumping off point for a mad scientist science project extracting samples from beautiful people to test for pesticide residue.

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on February 07, 2012
at 05:13 PM

I checked the site out, but couldn't find any mention of groundwater contamination, do you know which section it was under?

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on February 07, 2012
at 04:42 PM

It's only with broccoli (I've also tested spinach, chinese cabbage, green beans and zucchinis), but yeah, I guess I have super taste buds.

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on February 07, 2012
at 01:45 PM

I guess being a true paleo believer gives one super taste buds that detect a new flavor - paleoness.

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on February 07, 2012
at 12:57 PM

I disagree, Matt. I can really taste the difference between organic and non-organic broccoli. I don't taste chemicals though, the non-organic broccoli tastes like crap.

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on February 07, 2012
at 12:29 PM

That chemical taste was in your head. Seriously, you psyched yourself out.

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on February 07, 2012
at 12:20 PM

I can't find it anymore, but I heard of a study where the gorillas would only eat the peel of a banana if it was organic. If it wasn't, they'd eat only the flesh.

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on February 07, 2012
at 06:14 PM

It depends on the pesticide. Some are systemic and are picked up and distributed through the entire plant, although some tissues may have higher concentrations than others.

It's not all ground water related either. Some pesticides (such as imidacloprid) are used intentionally for their systemic affects. Some such as Dieldrin (off the market) are highly persistant and picked up from soil for years after application.

Good places for more info:

http://extoxnet.orst.edu/faqs/pesticide/pestfate.htm

http://www.whatsonmyfood.org/index.jsp

http://www.pesticideinfo.org/

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on February 07, 2012
at 09:20 AM

I would skip any apples from bad sources, they use quite alot of pesticides. Many other fruits often are cleaner, like pineapples and kiwis.

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on February 07, 2012
at 07:13 AM

Yes, I think what you are referring to is beauty.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on February 07, 2012
at 05:31 PM

Cute...sounds like a jumping off point for a mad scientist science project extracting samples from beautiful people to test for pesticide residue.

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on February 07, 2012
at 12:47 PM

I think thicker-skinned fruits are probably the ones that are safest if you peel them (oranges, bananas, etc.). Not sure how protective the thin apple skin is as far as the chemicals getting through.

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on February 07, 2012
at 04:18 PM

Yes. EWG published a study earlier this year showing which produce has the most pesticides despite cleaning. The problem is that pesticides are picked up from ground water.

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on February 07, 2012
at 05:13 PM

I checked the site out, but couldn't find any mention of groundwater contamination, do you know which section it was under?

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