Also, the U.S. Apple Association issued this statement to the media on the issue.
If we could only go back to the good old days, right mom? As Billy Joel said, the good old days weren't always good...
Did you know that arsenic used to be widely applied as a pesticide in the U.S.? From a U.S. Geological Survey publication:
Arsenical pesticide use was most extensive and widespread in agricultural applications from the 1920s to the late 1950s, and largely ceased agricultural use by the early 1960s in the nation. During this time period, lead arsenate was the most extensively used arsenical pesticide (Peryea, 1998), particularly in apple orchards. Other metal-bearing pesticides, such as copper acetoarsenite (Paris Green), Bordeaux Blue (a mixture of copper sulfate and calcium hydroxide), and organic mercury fumigants were used to a lesser degree in orchards (Peryea, 1998; Shepard, 1939; Veneman et al., 1983).