Watermelons are one of the most popular, especially in the summer fruits, which are a common ingredient in smoothies, salads, and other desserts.
Unfortunately, recent news has reported that the desire to increase profits and expand watermelons size has resulted in an effect quite surprising in China, exploding watermelons.
A farmer has realized that its fruits have begun to crack in half in their fields, and thousands of acres were actually lost due to this strange phenomenon.
However, apparently, this was not due to the nature of watermelons, and 19 of the 20 affected farmers said they have not used any chemicals in the production process of the fruit. In the end, research has shown that the reason for this was a popular fertilizer used.
This is known as guilty forchlorfenuron, a chemical commonly used extending melons up to 20%, and accelerates its development for 2 weeks, and early harvest leads to a much greater benefit to farmers.
However, the taste of the melons, which change shape is changed, and seeds are rich in white instead of black. Although the chemical did not directly cause the explosion, the strange reaction was a result of the rain and bad weather.
According to experts, this chemical has been used since the 80s, and generally considered safe. According to Cui Jian, director of the research institute of vegetables in Qingdao Academy of Agricultural Sciences
“Well, in general, we do not suggest chemicals, plant hormones be used in watermelons, and which are very sensitive. and you should know that could end a very strange looking and people do not want to buy them. the flavor will not be as good and storage is more difficult, but should not harm the health of any person. ”
Furthermore, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) does not agree, they claim that this fertilizer, often used for kiwis and grapes, as well, is cytotoxic.
Multiple studies in animals have shown that leads to acute dermal, oral, and respiratory toxicity, and inflammation of the kidneys. Although it is not carcinogenic, leading to toxicity, increased fetal mortality and lesions in the stomach.
Furthermore, these chemicals seep into the environment and have an impact on the flora and fauna, and have adverse effects on health or.
Unfortunately, this is not enough for the authorities to prohibit its use. The Chinese government will do everything possible to maintain stable and unaffected international exports, and increase food production, despite all adverse effects.
Pan Jing, Greenpeace says:
“The Government is aware of the environmental problems caused by chemical fertilizers, but are also concerned for food production. ”
However, you must be the mail or protecting their own welfare. You can start growing your own food or buy produce only from their local, familiar places, and avoid Chinese food. They have been commonly criticized because of its low regulatory laws on food production, numerous fake products and illegal use of toxic pesticides.
a list of the safest non-organic food, which can be used in case you can not afford to buy only organic products will also be offered.
The dirty dozen absorbs pesticides and herbicides, so they should always be organic, and should only be rinsed clean with vinegar 15 before consumption.
- Cherry tomatoes
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- Bell peppers
- Sweet peas
- sweet potatoes