Apples – Pesticides – GMO’s now you know
Whole Apple Information
(Apple information doesn’t include nutritional values.)
Common Name: Apple
Scientific Name: Malus Domestica.
Family: The apple is in the Rose Family.
Origin: Central Asia
Grown: All over the world
Species: There are over 7500 known species
Historical Information: Apples have been in history since about 300 BC. Apples were brought to the United States in the early 1600’s with the first Apple Orchard beginning in Boston in 1625.
Yes, there are three varieties of a GMO (genetically modified organism) apples.
According to International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications ISAAA there are three GM Apples all falling under the Trademark name Artic (tm).
According to the USDA there are 2 GM Apples which have been deregulated.
A deregulated status for GM products means that the USDA permits the planting and growing of the GM plant without any restrictions. And the growers, packagers, and distributors do not have to let the consumer know the product contains GMO materials.
Pesticide Usage on Conventionally and Organically Grown Apples:
Conventional agriculture may use any pesticides approved by the government including synthetic pesticides.
All Organic products are NON-GMO, plus organic products follow strict pesticide usage and raising standards
The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) does sample pesticide testing on over 20 products. You can find the complete results on the USDA PDP (pesticide data program) online.
We used the PDP database for apples to come up with the results below.
In the PDP database we chose the following criteria from the database choices:
Positive Detection only
Summary of Finding by Claim
The database contains samples and testing for both organic, and non-organic which are referred to as no claim.
The results were as follows:
Some of the apples tested under no claim or conventionally grown apples had 47 different pesticides or pesticide residuals on the samples.
Some of the organically raised apples were found with 3 different pesticides or pesticide residuals on the samples.
Where does the apple rate for pesticides?
According to the EWG (Environmental Working Group), the apple ranks number 4 on the top dirty dozen pesticide list.
Now that you have information on the whole apple you can make a decision on what type you would like to buy.
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