The apples in the grocery store produce section are, on average, 9-14 months old. Apple farmers around the world utilize a process called ‘cold storage’ to help prolong the shelf life of apples before they ever reach the super market. Any nutritional value, such as fiber and polyphenols (antioxidants which help fight cancer), is reduced each month the apples sit in wait. So by the time an apple reaches the kitchen, there is little nutrition left.
The unnatural process of cold storage, combined with 1-methylcyclopropene, a synthetic plant growth inhibitor, has led to aged apples being sold in grocery stores across America, and the world. Because 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) slows down the apples’ natural production of ethylene, it seems as if the apples are fresh – they are crisp and still retain some of the apples’ original flavor. However, the nutritional value has so decreased that eating the apple for any sort of nutrients is a waste.
There is an effective way to be certain apples are fresh and nutrient dense: buy in season, buy at a farmer’s market, and tell the USDA to ban the use of chemical inhibitors in apple storage. This will insure the apples in the produce section are crisp, fresh, and delicious.
By signing the petition below, you will help keep unsafe produce out of your family and community’s kitchens.
Dear Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture,
Apples in most grocery stores across our nation are a product of cold storage utilized in conjunction with 1-methylcyclopropene. This chemical slows the natural growth and aging of plants, thus giving consumers a pretty picture of an apple to buy in their produce section.
However, each month an apple sits in cold storage, more and more of its nutritious value is sapped away. By the time apples reach a grocery store’s produce section (9-14 months after it is harvested) little to no nutritious value is left. This dishonesty on the part of the apple industry causes consumers to think they are presenting their families with a healthy piece of fruit, when in reality they are not.
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