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    OP-ED: Pesticides: To eat, or not to eat?

    Have you ever taken a bite out of a shiny red apple, and wondered whether or not you’re eating poison?  Many people harbor  serious fears that pesticides may be harmful to them in the amounts that are present in the foods we eat. Is this fear justified? Concerns about pesticides in produce began to crop up in the late 1900s due to concerns that they might cause cancer.   In 1989  the Natural Resources Defense Council published “Intolerable Risk: Pesticides in Our Children’s Food,” which discussed the concerns related to the pesticide daminozide, known commercially as “Alar.”  The study’s publication, which reported that Alar caused cancer in lab rats, caused…