Ted has a bit of most things on his smallholding—fruits, vegetables, poultry, a few pigs. He has to produce what the market demands and his apples must look perfect. They must have no blemishes and each one must be like the next, untouched by insects, unmarked by anything that comes in the ordinary course of nature. That can only be achieved by keeping nature out with various sprays, some of which are poisonous. The result is the apples look like plastic models—and they do not taste very different. The skins are usually tough too. Ted would not eat them himself—he grows them because he must make a living, although he does think it a pity that it is just the look of an apple that sells it to today's consumer.
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