KaBoom! Chinese watermelons explode…

Tatiana Antonelli Abella / November 30, -0001

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If there was any doubt

remaining that privileges afforded by modern technology are

occassionally abused, bursting watermelons in China should

clear it up.

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farmers around Danyang city in Jiangsu province witnessed

bursting melons in their fields after over-imbibing the fruits

with growth hormone forchlorfenuron.

Farmers

with intact fruit took their forchlofenuron-treated fruits to

market, the China Central Television (CCT)

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to the unburst fruits was still evident. The CCT report

described the melons as “fibrous, misshapen fruit with mostly

white instead of black seeds.”

Other farmers chopped the

innards of exploded fruit into bite sized portions and fed it

to fish and pigs.

Wang Liangju, a professor with College

of Horticulture at Nanjing Agricultural University, said that

forchlorfenuron is safe and effective, and that the recent

explosions were caused by incorrect application. Still, this

isn’t the first instance of growth hormone gone awry in

China. According to the Huffington Post:

In

March last year, Chinese authorities found that “yard-long”

beans from the southern city of Sanya had been treated with

the banned pesticide isocarbophos. The tainted

beans turned up in several provinces, and the central city of

Wuhan announced it destroyed 3.5 tons of the vegetable.

Feng Shuangqing, a professor at the China Agricultural

University, told CCT that the watermelon dilemma “showed that

China needs to clarify its farm chemical standards and

supervision to protect consumer health,” reports Huffington

Post.

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