Watermelon is a favorite fruit, especially during summers. You can eat it deirectly, make a smoothie or have it as a salad. Any picnic is incomplete without it. But the urge to make it bigger has China exploding watermelons like never before. It is just shocking.
Suddenly, farmers noted that their watermelons had started cracking into half in their fields itself. It wasn’t happening to just one, but all the farmers were being affected. All of them were insisting that they haven’t used chemicals. It was found that one fertilizer was doing the damage.
The culprit was forchlorfenuron. This chemical makes the melons 20% bigger than the others and they can be harvested two weeks earlier. But the watermelons grown with this don’t have a proper shape or flavor and have white seeds, not the usual black ones. It was not the explosion, but poor timing and heavy rainfall that caused the damage.
How good is forchlorfenuron?
This has been used in China since 1980. Plant hormones are not used on watermelons because they are too sensitive. They don’t look or taste good and people will not buy them.
But the environmental protection agency (EPA) says that this is toxic. It can cause acute dermal, oral and respiratory toxicity. It is used to make the size of kiwis and grapes bigger. It can also be carcinogenic.
Once they enter the environment, these chemicals can disturb the fauna and flora of the world. So why is it still around? Because the population of china is increasing so rapidly, the government is doing everything they can to increase food production. They are ignoring the long-term side effects. The government knows about this. But they are more worried about producing enough food.
The best way is to buy organic food or grow it on your own. Avoid eating Chinese food. Many times they have been criticized for their ways of producing food. They produce fake products and use toxic, illegal pesticides.
If organic food is too expensive for you, read the following list of food which are safe to consume. Those under the ‘dirty dozen’ soak herbicides and pesticides.
Just clean the ‘clean 15’ with vinegar and rinse well before eating.
The Dirty Dozen
- Bell peppers
- Snap peas
- Cherry tomatoes
The Clean 15
- Sweet peas
- Sweet potatoes