Day Seventy: Fresh Fruit

Fresh Oranges

Fresh Oranges

Residents from the adjacent ‘New Village” housing complex buy oranges off the back of a truck on Pucheng Lu, in the Pudong New Area of Shanghai. Farmers from surrounding areas will drive to the city with their crops and sell off the truck until everything is gone, and then return home. This is the first crop of oranges that I’ve seen this year. The idea of buying local is tempered by the fact that pesticides are poorly regulated and often used generously and the soil that many of the crops are grown in has a fairly high chance of being contaminated with anything from heavy metals to improperly disposed of chemicals. We have taken to ordering much of our produce from a western, organic grocer with certified growers.

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