Boy, it seems that there is a chemical out there for just about everything!
I saw that on the news the other day. At first I thought it was too much water, but then found out too much chemicals! I try not to buy anything grown somewhere else anymore. The old saying eat what is in season is my motto.
Oh lordy. It make me want to make sure I buy organic if I can't buy locally or can't grow it in my garden. What they put on the plants nowadays is really scary.
I too was bothered by the fact that it was a "growth chemical" that supposedly caused this. I hated knowing that the put "growth chemical" on them. I don't get watermelon from the stores though because there is always trailers of watermelon for sale in town when in season from local farmers.
Once again, as soon as there is money to be made from something, people jump on the bandwagon and cut corners without thought of the implications for the end consumer or their future business.I wonder if those melons were going to be sold with a little sticker detailing the chemicals used on it.Buy local, know your farmer and their farming practices, eat in season or grow your own.
Anything organic is worth paying a couple of extra dollars for...this just confimrs it
Even better...grow your own. But if you must buy produce, then take the extra time and pay the higher cost to get locally and organically produced items. This factory farming mentality is frightening in its implications. The watermelons are overtly exploding, but the truth is, I think our bodies are also in imploding from the poisons we ingest as a society on a regular basis. All in the name of easy access, convenience, and low cost.
Ugh - so sad. What a waste of food. I am so glad we have a good CSA program here and that I know where my produce comes from and how it's grown.Just so sad what the industry stoops to for profits. Sad, unnecessary, and just irresponsible.Thanks for this great reminder to pay the extra buck and buy organic!
Apparently that chemical has also been approved for use on grape raisins and kiwi fruit in the USA.Check out:http://www.epa.gov/opprd001/factsheets/forchlorfenuron.pdfhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forchlorfenuron