alar alar  /ˈeɪ ˌlɑr/


  1. (n) a chemical sprayed on fruit trees to regulate their growth so the entire crop can be harvested at one time
  2. (adj) of or relating to the axil
  3. (adj) having or resembling wings


  • Carlson perpetuates the bad science and vile scare tactics that made headlines about silicone breast implants and alar.


  1. How A Panic Over Cancer-Causing Apples Created The Modern Organic Food Market

    You may not remember alar, a ripening agent used on apples. But the media firestorm over its harmful effects were a huge turning point in creating a mass market for organic and natural foods. When the March 27, 1989 issue of Newsweek hit newsstands, Gene Kahn raced out and bought 20 copies. Read Full Story        
    on February 8, 2014     Source: Fast Company Magazine

  2. Oregon truffles finally get respect; how 1980s panic created today's organic food demand: Table Talk

    At the digital kitchen table, today's hot topics include a look at how Oregon's truffles are starting to get the respect when compared to varieties from Italy and France, plus a look back at the alar scare of the late 1980s, which created today's market for organic foods.
    on February 8, 2014     Source: The Oregonian

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