How Alive is the Apple you Eat?

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Someone, had very lovingly gifted me this apple, which you see in the photo above, and it has been sitting in my fridge for over 10 days now! I never had any intentions of eating it.  And one of the reasons I would never eat it is because this apple has done a lot of sitting around!  Before it got its seat in my fridge, I figure it was sitting in the fruit shop for about 3-4 days, and in a retail ware-house for about a week before that, and in some ship that sailed from the U.S. to India, for about 10 days before that, and in crates in loading docks for a few days before that, and in some apple orchard’s warehouse in California for some days before that.

So between its place of origin – the U.S., and it’s destined place of consumption, India, this apple has been sitting on its butt for more than more than a month.  And even though it looks like it could do with a collagen shot, it still hasn’t perished!!!  It is so loaded with chemicals — that it has an extra-long lease on life!!!

I know they know what they are doing — the guys who were injecting this fruit with the poison — because if you look at this apple carefully, they are trying so hard to convince you otherwise.  It says ‘Farm-Pik’ and that too in the color green — so you think it’s all country-side and healthy!  But hopefully, there are those of us who can read, and connect, and think before we put things into our bodies!

So today being environment day — I was thinking of giving this apple a funeral.  But what do I do with this ball of poison? Where do I put it so that as it dies it does not leach its poison into the environment — the ground, the air, the water?  How do I ensure that that the poison I did not want to consume — does not return to me through the air I breathe, the water I drink or the food I consume?

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  1. it’s not easy nowadays to get fresh food. food without any long history of traveling to find you at last. Actually in Germany we have an epidemic EHEC coli outbreak. Now no one eats cucumbers, tomatoes, green salad. Difficult to find out the origigin of the bacterium. Russia does not import vegetables from Europe now. A great disaster – and we all are considering, what to eat without fear. Maybe rice?


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