From: the New York Times
World Briefing | ASIA
China: Acres of Exploding Watermelons
CHINATOPIX, via Associated Press
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: May 17, 2011Watermelons have been bursting by the score in eastern China after farmers gave them overdoses of growth chemicals during wet weather, creating what state news media called fields of “land mines.” About 20 farmers in Jiangsu Province have been affected, losing up to 115 acres of melon, China Central Television reported. High prices over the past year prompted many farmers to enter the watermelon market. All of those with exploding melons apparently were first-time users of the growth stimulator forchlorfenuron, which has been widely available for some time, the report said.
Now do we really need growth stimulators for produce??? Come on now...it's bad enough it's in our dairy & meats!!