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A discussion from 100 years ago

New Zealand: Fruit sprays are safe

Exactly 100 years ago, a discussion was going on about the spraying of fruit trees in New Zealand. Some people who became ill after eating stone fruit thought the cause lay in the spraying mixtures used to combat fruit pests.

Some years before, a child had died in the North Island, supposedly from the effects of poison on peach skins. However, the peaches -from Hawke’s Bay- had not been sprayed for months before the fruit was picked.

And how quaint is this sentence from the article: “Experiments had proved beyond all question that where arsenic was used in spraying, it would be necessary to eat one bushel and a quarter of fruit, skins and all, to have consumed a medicinal dose of arsenic, let alone a fatal dose.”

It is quite a nice article, found on odt.co.nz. Sometimes it is nice to look back in time. Even if it is to recognize that certain subjects -such as the risks of spraying pesticides- were as topical then as they are now.


Publication date: 1/29/2018


 


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