Agricultural experts puzzled by exploding watermelons in China

May 19, 2011BEIJINGFarmers in eastern China have been left perplexed after their watermelons began to explode one by one. An investigation by state media found farms in Jiangsu province were losing acres of fruit because of the problem. The overuse of a chemical that helps fruit grow faster was blamed in one report by China Central Television. But agriculture experts were unable to explain why chemical-free melons were exploding. They cited the weather and abnormal size of the melon as factors. China Central Television said farmers were overspraying their crops with the growth promoter, hoping they could get their fruit to market ahead of the peak season and increase their profits. According to the Xinhua news agency, 20 farmers in a village in Jiangsu province planted imported seeds from Japan, with 10 households saying their watermelons began exploding last month. Farmer Liu Mingsuo told Xinhua that more than two-thirds of his crop had blown up. He said he had used chemicals to boost their growth on 6 May, and the following day more than 180 melons exploded. Mr Liu was reported to be the only farmer from the 10 households who used chemicals.  Wang Dehong, who has been farming watermelons for 20 years, couldn’t understand why his fruit also exploded as he had not used any chemicals. Agricultural experts investigating the incident were unable to offer an explanation. China has approved the usage of the growth chemical under certain quotas. So far, tests show the chemical is safe, Xinhua reported. However, as the public is increasingly concerned about food safety, experts say a quality tracking system should be introduced, detailing every stage along the food chain, to inform the public fully, and ensure food safety. –BBC
One can only wonder what these chemicals can do to the human body?
(c) AP 2011    video contribution by Flaijers
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5 Responses to Agricultural experts puzzled by exploding watermelons in China

  1. Kathy says:

    I wonder when people will see the meaning in, “it’s not nice to fool mother nature”.
    I pray it will be soon!

    God bless us all.


  2. Kim says:

    Bizarre I wonder what could be the real reason than and it would scare me to death to be standing there when those watermelons exploded.


  3. Virginia Helies (Gen) says:

    I was reading that artificial preservatives, colours and flavours – chemicals – have been found to alter DNA. Why don’t governments ban them? Here in Australia more and more food suppliers are taking them out of food thank goodness.


  4. pam says:

    A friend mentioned something to me from her own garden experience that might be applicable here. One year she had a quarter acre in watermelons. She went on a trip and her teenaged niece was supposed to water. Well, she waited until just before they came back and did a real heavy watering and the watermelons grabbed up all the water and exploded. Isn’t China in a drought situation? Maybe these guys waited too late to water and had the same situation, but the growth enhancers were either synchronistic or exacerbated it.


  5. Tina Marie says:

    I read this article first on another news site, but they simply gave the explaination that is was the growth hormones and didn’t mention the farmers who didn’t use any experiencing the same thing. Interesting they would leave that out but then again I know how they don’t really like labeling things as mysteries. I tried to give them a little credit and wondered if that info wasn’t yet released when they put their story up. I don’t know but it definately made me go..hmm.


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