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Is my apple farmer shining me on? Ask Umbra on pesticides

by Ask Umbra. Send your question to Umbra! Q. Dear Umbra, I was recently at my local farmers market and spied some beautiful apples. I asked the farmer how they were grown, and he kindly explained that they were not organic, but that he does try to minimize pesticide use and only uses water-soluble pesticides and sprays a minimum of a month before harvest. He said that the rain washes it all away by he time they are picked.
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