China Street Scenes – Watermelon in China fruit shop, originally uploaded by Serenity in China.
“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.”
I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that you just have to close your eyes and eat the food you are lucky enough to have money to buy here in China when there are so many people barely able to scrape enough money together each day to survive.
It’s that or don’t eat . . . cause I imagine there’s likely some kind of issue with nearly every food here.
Oh yeah, there’s more: Understanding China’s blog also cites Chinese sources saying,
It follows discoveries of the heavy metal cadmium in rice, toxic melamine in milk, arsenic in soy sauce, bleach in mushrooms, and the detergent borax in pork, added to make it resemble beef.”
You know what the ‘best’ part of the story is? “The fruit could not be sold and was instead fed to fish and pigs” (my bold and italics). Goodie! Let’s keep it in the food chain shall we?
Now . . . who’s hungry?!