Fruits and vegetables are essential food items for good health. But these days, for earning fast money some farmers are injecting vegetables, watering vegetables and fruits with waste water of metro cities which is having many harmful chemicals and is not good for watering plants. Fruits are plucked from the plants before they are properly rotten, and are sold in the market. Fruits such as apple are polished so that they look like rotten and bananas are rotten by spreading some medicine on them.
Injecting vegetables and polishing fruits is more practiced in metro cities where consumption of fruits and vegetables is more. Demand is more than supply, so people use these shortcuts to meet their supply and get more profit.
Unless one is able to grow ones own vegetables there is little choice left since we are totally dependent on either super markets or green grocers.In my town we have Christian ladies who we call baima bringing vegetables and fruits like papayas, guavas and local fruits like cashew and star fruit from nearby villages , using only organic manure ...But it is a limited quantity and unless yo are there on time you will not get anything, such is the demand !
Pay no mind to those who talk behind your back, it simply means that you are two steps ahead !!!
If we go to buy fruits and vegetables from villages, not only we can buy fresh things but also at a cheaper rate than the market rate. It also helps the farmers to get good rates of their vegetables and fruits, as the mediators who buy vegetables from farmers at very low rates and then sell to shopkeepers in the market with some profit, then the shopkeepers sell those items to us at increased rate.