Unfortunately, not all the pesticides are in the skin. Peeling the fruit will certainly reduce a good portion of the pesticides, but will also remove a good portion of the antioxidants that make the apple so good for you in the first place.
Peeling will greatly reduce the amount of pesticides on apples and many other foods. Apples tested by the USDA Pesticide Data Programs were found to contain 42 different pesticide residues. These residues were found under conditions that are similar to how people eat at home, fruits and veggies were washed and peeled. Five of these are known or probable carcinogens, 19 are suspected hormone disruptors, 10 are neurotoxins and six are developmental or reproductive toxicants.
The most commonly found pesticide was Thiabendazole, present is 87.9% of the tested apples; its health effects include developmental or reproductive toxicants and is a probable carcinogen. Guess an apple a day might no really keep the doctor away.
While organically grown foods do not have synthetic pesticides directly applied to them, pesticides can still get to them via air and water, but the concentration will be drastically less than non-organic foods. So go organic if you can, or peel non-organics.
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