RE: #3 Wow, I had not idea! Would you believe me if I told you ALMONDS from the United States are treated with RACING FUEL!
Nice, thanks! I learned recently that blueberries from out of the country tend to be irradiated while imported, and thus you can't grow them very well. Neat trick to growing blueberries -- put them in the freezer for 2-3 weeks to "simulate" the winter, and then they'll sprout!