No one was ever harmed by alar — or any legally administered pesticide.
The Natural Resources Defense Council writes in the Washington Examiner:
The truth is this: Alar was and is considered a carcinogen by scientists, and remains banned in the United States by the Environmental Protection Agency on the basis of numerous scientific studies.
Check out our alar library:
- Avery A, The high costs of 50 years of pesticide paranoia, Washington Examiner, December 29, 2010.
- Avery A, Pesticide Activism: Fifty Years of Panic and Propaganda, Center for Global Food Issues, October 2010.
- The Great Apple Scare: Alar 20 Years Later, American Council on Science and Health (Video posted on YouTube, February 20, 2009.
- Lehr J and Aldrich S, Alar: The Great Apple Scare, Environment & Climate News, March 2007.
- Facts Versus Fears (Fourth Edition) A Review of the Greatest Unfounded Health Scares of Recent Times, American Council on Science and Health, September 28, 2004.
- Cohen B et al., The Fear Profiteers: Do ‘Socially Responsible’ Businesses So Health Scares to Reap Monetary Rewards?, February 3, 2002.
- Fumento M, Attack of the Killer Vegetables, Washington Times, March 9, 1999.
- Smith K & Raso, J., An Unhappy Anniversary: The Alar ‘Scare’ Ten Years Later, American Council on Science and Health, February 1, 1999.
- Fumento M, Greens Still Trying to Salvage Their Alar-Stained Reputation, Fumento.com, 1998.
- Fumento M, The Anatomy of a Public Scare, Investor’s Business Daily, July 16-23, 1993.
- Fumento M, Fear of Phoning: The Irrational and Baseless Fear of Technology, Reason Magazine, June 1993.
- The Plot Against Alar: An ACSH interview with Robert Bidinotto, author of “The Great Apple Scare”, American Council on Science and Health, January 1, 1991.
- Fumento M, The Politics of Cancer Testing, The American Spectator, August 1990.