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Fields of watermelon burst in Chinese farm fiasco
www.theglobeandmail.com Canada ^ | Tuesday, May. 17, 2011 8:23PM EDT | ALEXA OLESEN

Posted on 05/18/2011 8:55:10 AM PDT by Red Badger

Watermelons have been bursting by the score in eastern China after farmers gave them overdoses of growth chemicals during wet weather, creating what state media called fields of “land mines.”

About 20 farmers around Danyang city in Jiangsu province were affected, losing up to 45 hectares of melon, China Central Television said in an investigative report.

Prices over the past year prompted many farmers to jump into the watermelon market. All of those with exploding melons apparently were first-time users of the growth accelerator forchlorfenuron, though it has been widely available for some time, CCTV said.

Chinese regulations don’t forbid the drug, and it is allowed in the United States on kiwi fruit and grapes. But the report underscores how farmers in China are abusing both legal and illegal chemicals, with many farms misusing pesticides and fertilizers.

Wang Liangju, a professor with the horticulture department at Nanjing Agricultural University who has been to Danyang since the problems began, said that forchlorfenuron is safe and effective when used properly.

He told the Associated Press that the drug had been used too late into the season, and that recent heavy rain also raised the risk of the fruit cracking open. But he said the variety of melon also played a role.

“If it had been used on very young fruit, it wouldn’t be a problem,” Prof. Wang said. “Another reason is that the melon they were planting is a thin-rind variety and these kind are actually nicknamed the ‘exploding melon’ because they tend to split.”

Farmer Liu Mingsuo ended up with three hectares of ruined fruit and told CCTV that seeing his crop splitting open was like a knife cutting his heart.

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Meloncholera Melancholy ?..............

1 posted on 05/18/2011 8:55:12 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Minorities hit hardest.


2 posted on 05/18/2011 8:56:34 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Red Badger

Can we do this to OUR watermelons, the enviro-coms?


3 posted on 05/18/2011 8:58:05 AM PDT by PENANCE
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To: thefactor

0bama’s fault.


4 posted on 05/18/2011 8:58:26 AM PDT by ChuteTheMall (Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post):)
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To: Red Badger
Around here, we've gotta shoot one to make it 'splode.
Sure would keep the deer away, though...
5 posted on 05/18/2011 8:59:27 AM PDT by ComputerGuy (HM2/USN M/3/3 Marines RVN 66-67)
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To: Red Badger

>> forchlorfenuron

Mmmmm... just the MENTION of forchlorfenuron makes MY mouth water.


6 posted on 05/18/2011 8:59:47 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Red Badger
Coming soon to a supermarket near you, complete with the required USDA inspection sticker.

And then there is this:

(And before someone asks, I will post this until the idiots in government alter this insane and now dangerous UNILATERAL trade policy with China and the fools in the multinationals STOP exporting the production of EVERYTHING to China and bring those jobs home.

As you think about that, recall that in ancient times, the Romans and others would catapult disease-riddled corpses over the walls of cities they besieged to sicken and kill the enemy. The Chinese know that history even if we obviously have forgotten it. Get my drift there?

On a recent visit to China, a friend spotted this ad in a Beijing newspaper. He sent me the photo with a translation of the ad copy.

BECOME AN ENTREPRENEUR AND JOIN CHINA’S NEW MONIED ELITE!

Yes, you can now join the millions of happy and prosperous Chinese citizens taking advantage of the growing numbers of American and Western multinational corporations “outsourcing” their production to the hard-working and industrious people of China. This outsourcing has now spread to their food supplies and ingestible items. Since these firms pay us for gross weight – and this new weight will be pretty gross – and the stupid American government only spot-checks imported items in these categories (they just got lucky on the anti-freeze thing), it has opened an entirely new opportunity which our beloved Chairman is offering to any Chinese citizen willing to do a little of what the foolish Americans call “grunt work.”

Installing one of these state-of-the-art food additive production facilities behind YOUR hovel is as simple as clipping the coupon below and sending it to the address shown. Your production plant will be shipped to you in 4 to 6 weeks. Supplies are limited so don’t fart around. ACT NOW!!

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These silly Americans have an expression we have “borrowed” and modified to describe this new and exciting venture: “Don’t give me any s**t.”

Our motto will be “We won’t GIVE you any s**t. But we’ll SELL it to you fools at a really great price.”

Better yet, we convince them to COME HERE to pick it up and save us the shipping costs.

AND LOOK FOR A NEW DROP-DEAD MONEY-MAKER COMING SOON. SOYLENT YELLOW PROMISES TO BE BIG!!

AND YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED TO KNOW THAT THE “CHERY” PERSONAL VEHICLE TO BE IMPORTED BY CHRYSLER IS SIMPLY A HORIZONTALLY MODIFIED VARIATION OF THE VERTICAL UNIT SHOWN ABOVE. WE SIMPLY SLAP AN ENGINE AND SOME WHEELS ON THAT PUPPY AND OFF SHE GOES! AMERICA’S VAST ILLEGAL POPULATION OUGHT TO SNAP THEM UP LIKE TACOS.

7 posted on 05/18/2011 9:00:40 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (2012 CAN'T COME SOON ENOUGH FOR ME. HOW ABOUT YOU?)
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To: Dick Bachert

Is that satire?...............


8 posted on 05/18/2011 9:02:58 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: Red Badger

Wet weather would have done that without the chemical boost. The numbers involved is what makes it news.


9 posted on 05/18/2011 9:03:28 AM PDT by pacpam (action=consequence and applies in all cases - friend of victory)
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To: Red Badger
the real culprit

gunnery Sgt R. Lee Ermey with samurai sword...

10 posted on 05/18/2011 9:04:09 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Red Badger

A farmer had a field of watermelons. Annoyed that people were stealing them, he put up a sign stating “One of these watermelons is poisoned”. The thefts stopped. Proud of his effective cleverness, he wandered over to the sign, looked at it, and smiled with pride. Then he stopped smiling. The “one” was crossed out, replaced with the word “two”.


11 posted on 05/18/2011 9:06:00 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (Great children's books - http://www.UsborneBooksGA.com)
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To: Red Badger

Exploding Chinese Watermelons is a great name for a punk band


12 posted on 05/18/2011 9:07:32 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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To: muir_redwoods

A lot like Smashing Pumpkins!..............


13 posted on 05/18/2011 9:08:37 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: Nervous Tick

Why can’t they leave our fruits and vegetables alone? Has anyone had a tomato lately that has any taste at all (unless you grew it yourself)?


14 posted on 05/18/2011 9:19:44 AM PDT by conservaterian (Sarah/DeMint '12)
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To: ctdonath2

OMG I like that~!


15 posted on 05/18/2011 9:22:36 AM PDT by Mr. K (this administration is WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY~!! [Palin/Bachman 2012])
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To: Marie Antoinette; Big Giant Head

forchlorfenuron-ping

Yum!


16 posted on 05/18/2011 9:23:22 AM PDT by listenhillary (Social Justice is the epitome of injustice.)
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To: Red Badger

17 posted on 05/18/2011 9:34:04 AM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: Red Badger


Mr. Majestyk would not be pleased.
18 posted on 05/18/2011 9:37:57 AM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: conservaterian

on the vine in your supermarket....pretty good, though no home grown.


19 posted on 05/18/2011 9:46:26 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: conservaterian
“Why can’t they leave our fruits and vegetables alone? Has anyone had a tomato lately that has any taste at all (unless you grew it yourself)?

Tomato's lose their flavor upon refrigeration. It has nothing to do with chemicals or growth hormones.

20 posted on 05/18/2011 9:52:12 AM PDT by monday
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To: Red Badger

OK. Professor Wang seems to get an awful lot of attention on FR.


21 posted on 05/18/2011 10:01:42 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: knittnmom

Another good reason to get the garden beds finished soon, so I can plant our own watermelons there :)


22 posted on 05/18/2011 10:02:39 AM PDT by Ellendra (Remember the Battle of Athens, Tennessee: Aug. 2, 1946)
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To: Red Badger

I’m trying to grow watermelons this year...heirloom Moon & Stars. But the way things have been this spring I’ve got a better chance at a mud farm. No sun, way too much rain. Regional farmers are already talking big price increases unless things improve soon.


23 posted on 05/18/2011 10:04:04 AM PDT by Kieri (The Conservatrarian)
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To: Ellendra

Keep them away from the house! No flaming watermelons for us!! :-)


24 posted on 05/18/2011 10:20:28 AM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: Ellendra

Guess I should have read the article before responding - they burst, not burst into flame. LOL!


25 posted on 05/18/2011 10:21:20 AM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: monday

you are wrong about that,it’s true don’t fridge a tomato but they are loaded green then gassed with ethelean gas.i have hauled many many tons of them.


26 posted on 05/18/2011 10:56:59 AM PDT by old gringo
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To: Red Badger
80% of the garlic consumed in the USA comes from China.

Good luck.

27 posted on 05/18/2011 10:59:24 AM PDT by blam
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