We've heard the phrase "What a summer!" repeated in alarm several times already this season, and summer is still more than a week away officially. The cry has gone up: too much traffic, too many ambulance calls, too little courtesy, too much happening at once. The litany is familiar, but it comes earlier than usual.
What's worse than biting into an apple and finding a worm? Finding half a worm. What could be worse than finding half a worm? Not knowing what sort of invisible and possibly toxic substances are coating your fresh fruit and vegetables.
One-third of the fruit and about an eighth of the vegetables consumed in the United States are grown in foreign countries, where pesticides are more freely used on food crops. Pesticides are used in the U.S. too, and a waxy coating is often used to seal in the fungicide meant to increase shelf life.