Tuesday, 17 May 2011

More Food to Avoid

Watch what you eat
Breaking news -- or should I say exploding news -- is coming out of eastern China. Watermelons are exploding there thanks to the farmers who spray them with growth chemicals in the hopes the fruit will ripen faster, but instead are ruining their crops.
The fertilizer is called forchlorfenuron, a growth accelerator, and it was sprayed on the watermelons during overly wet weather and applied too late in the season which caused the melons to burst, according to a China Central Television (CCTV) investigation. The fertilizer is harmful to humans.
The telltale signs of bad watermelon are that they are fibrous and misshapened with mostly white instead of black seeds.
Danyang farmer Liu Mingsuo ended up with eight acres of ruined fruit. He told CCTV he couldn't sleep because he kept imagining his watermelons exploding.
"On May 7, I came out and counted 80 [bursting watermelons], but by the afternoon it was 100," Liu said. "Two days later I didn't bother to count anymore."
And what happened to the ruined fruit? They were fed to pigs and fish.
Since when do fish eat watermelon? And is it safe for these animals to be eating these growth hormones too? Or are we going to be seeing exploding pigs and fish too?
The government really needs to put a stop to these chemicals added to food. People in China (and Hong Kong for that matter) are worried about what they are eating. If China claims to be so powerful economically, why can't it protect its people with safe food to eat?

3 comments:

  1. My dad tells me food horror stories from China every chance he gets. Have you heard of the stinky tofu one which is soaked in feces? GROSS!

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  2. NO!!! And I don't think I want to hear it!!!

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  3. ignorance and greed is the culprit of this food mess.

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