I totally disagree with you on both points, Chandler, but that's beside the
point. So as not to let you have the last word on this important subject,
I submit the following:
If the press were able to filter out the fringe rhetoric created by the
pesticide and apple industry and they would not be consistantly, to this
day, calling this event the "Alar Scare" and citing is as an example of
activism gone askew. Instead they should be reporting accurately that Alar
is a very potent carcinogen, it was in most apple products and most apples
in the 1980s and the risk was significant by EPA's standards. And that a
conservative federal judge threw the apple growers case against 60 minutes
and NRDC out of court. After the case was thrown out the industry went on a
national editorial board tour "re-educating" the major newspapers of the
country on this story.
For those who care to be educated, this Rachel's series is the best account
of the Alar story ever put together, in my opinion. It was a five part
series starting on January 23 1997 Rachel's #530. Truely worth the read.
Back issues are available on the Rachel's website
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