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Exploding watermelons put spotlight on Chinese farming practices
The Guardian ^ | May 17, 2011 | Jonathan Watts

Posted on 05/17/2011 9:14:50 AM PDT by Parmenio

The flying pips, shattered shells and wet shrapnel still haunt farmer Liu Mingsuo after an effort to chemically boost his fruit crop went spectacularly wrong.

Fields of watermelons exploded when he and other agricultural workers in eastern China mistakenly applied forchlorfenuron, a growth accelerator....The report said the farmers sprayed the fruit too late in the season and during wet conditions, which caused the melons to explode like "landmines". After losing three hectares (eight acres), Liu said he was unable to sleep because he could not shake the image of the fruit bursting.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; napl; watermelon
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At least they exploded in the fields and not in the market.
1 posted on 05/17/2011 9:14:52 AM PDT by Parmenio
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To: Parmenio

Probably ship through S. American and relabeled organic.


2 posted on 05/17/2011 9:16:57 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Get the BO out of the Executive Mansion.)
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To: Parmenio

Make you feel good about eating them.


3 posted on 05/17/2011 9:16:57 AM PDT by edpc (I disagree. Circle gets the square.)
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To: Parmenio

Note to self: DON’T BUY CHINESE EXPLODING FRUIT!


4 posted on 05/17/2011 9:20:55 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: Parmenio

Over 50% of the inspected fish they send us is rejected. Far less than 1% of the fish is ever inspected.

They’ll take their chances with less than 1% inspected.

SCARY we have such high demands on our food producers but allow their deadly slop to be sent to us.


5 posted on 05/17/2011 9:21:15 AM PDT by boycott (CAL)
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To: Parmenio

“workers in eastern China mistakenly applied forchlorfenuron”

I guess the got it confused with melamine?


6 posted on 05/17/2011 9:23:27 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Parmenio
Liu said he was unable to sleep because he could not shake the image of the fruit bursting.

The very first documented case of Watermelon PTSD.

Oh! The horror!


7 posted on 05/17/2011 9:26:26 AM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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To: subterfuge

Cue Monty Python Instructional Video : How to protect yourself from someone armed with a piece of fresh fruit.


8 posted on 05/17/2011 9:27:39 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Parmenio
Liu said he was unable to sleep because he could not shake the image of the fruit bursting.

Can't sleep, but he'll still sell the unexploded melon bombs.

9 posted on 05/17/2011 9:28:00 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Parmenio

Truth proven AGAIN to be stranger than fiction.


10 posted on 05/17/2011 9:29:02 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: DannyTN

“What if he’s got a pointed stick?”


11 posted on 05/17/2011 9:29:44 AM PDT by Teacher317 (really?)
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To: subterfuge

It’s like someone let Gallagher lose in a field of watermelons with his smashamatic.


12 posted on 05/17/2011 9:30:04 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Parmenio

maybe we should cultivate these along the Mexican Border...


13 posted on 05/17/2011 9:32:02 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Teacher317

SHADDAP!


14 posted on 05/17/2011 9:32:07 AM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: Parmenio

15 posted on 05/17/2011 9:33:45 AM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: DannyTN

16 posted on 05/17/2011 9:34:17 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: Parmenio
A bit dramatic with the description of the mellons. They probably split, but didn't explode "like landmines."

It takes R. Lee Emery and an itchy trigger finger to do that to a mellon.


17 posted on 05/17/2011 9:34:29 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: DannyTN
Cue Monty Python Instructional Video : How to protect yourself from someone armed with a piece of fresh fruit.

Haha! My buddies and I performed that skit for a talent show in High School. It was well received.

18 posted on 05/17/2011 9:34:57 AM PDT by Thane_Banquo (Mitt Romney: He's from Harvard, and he's here to help.)
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To: Parmenio; Red_Devil 232
Many farmers grow their own food separately from the chemically-raised crops they sell.

Ding, ding. That should have been the headline.

19 posted on 05/17/2011 9:36:23 AM PDT by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: Parmenio

Gallagher !!
Calling Gallagher !!
There’s a watermelon here in need of a large mallet.


20 posted on 05/17/2011 9:38:22 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Obama did not learn incompetence; he was born to it.)
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To: Parmenio
Kinda reminds me of somebody ...


21 posted on 05/17/2011 9:39:39 AM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: ErnBatavia

Gallagher should sue the Chinese for endangerment. They’re trying to make the melons explode BEFORE he gets ‘em with the Sledge-O-Matic.

(Lame attempt at humor)


22 posted on 05/17/2011 9:40:04 AM PDT by hoagy62 (Help stamp out crack-pull up your pants.)
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To: Parmenio

In China it is pretty well understood that you don’t buy watermellons by weight, you buy them by the each price. That is because it is easy to inject a watermelon with water and the water is obviously not good where the farmers are located.

Guess the market figured out a way to get around that common knowledge and resorted to using the substance reported in this article.


23 posted on 05/17/2011 9:40:21 AM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Parmenio

On the other hand, who in their right mind would eat a U.S. grown chicken?! Talk about injected.

Although none to my knowledge have blown up so maybe it is not as bad as exploding watermelons.


24 posted on 05/17/2011 9:42:29 AM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: All

It is threads like this that make Free Republic my destination of choice on the Internet.


25 posted on 05/17/2011 9:44:19 AM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: Yo-Yo

With all due respect to Gunny Ermey, he needs to blouse those M42s to showcase the Corcorans! Although I do appreciate him showing of the M1A1...a vastly underappreciated weapon :-)


26 posted on 05/17/2011 9:45:45 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: gunsequalfreedom

27 posted on 05/17/2011 9:51:00 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

26 posts and no one has pinged you to exploding Chinese watermelons. This place ain’t what it used to be.


28 posted on 05/17/2011 9:51:10 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Parmenio

LOL,

For those that oppose the government mandating specific food labeling, I support the government forcing food stores to label Chinese imported food as “Grown in China” or something similar. I definitely want to avoid any food imported from there.


29 posted on 05/17/2011 9:51:34 AM PDT by sickoflibs ("It's not the taxes, the redistribution is the federal spending=tax delayed")
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To: Lazmataz

Here’s a “feel better” ping for you.


30 posted on 05/17/2011 9:54:49 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (Thank you, Dubya and U.S. military. You did not falter. You did not fail.)
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To: humblegunner; TheMom; Eaker; Hap; Bacon Man; Allegra

Exploding Fruit ping


31 posted on 05/17/2011 9:56:35 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Parmenio
Maybe they were blown up by the 350 1010 crowd because they didn’t believe in man-made global warming.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/10/04/controversial-uk-ad-shows-children-workers-athletes-blown-joining-climate/

32 posted on 05/17/2011 10:04:32 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: Parmenio

Somebody needs to tell Dave Barry. I have an old column (Break out the dynamite: another exploding animal tale) that’s a riot!


33 posted on 05/17/2011 10:08:14 AM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: Parmenio

After gun powder exploding watermelons, what is next for the Chinese.


34 posted on 05/17/2011 10:09:37 AM PDT by JayAr36 (Education is what we had before educators. Mark Steyn)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

China ping!

The line about farmers keeping their own gardens seperate is especially revealing.


35 posted on 05/17/2011 10:10:59 AM PDT by Ellendra (Remember the Battle of Athens, Tennessee: Aug. 2, 1946)
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To: Parmenio

“Liu said he was unable to sleep because he could not shake the image of the fruit bursting.”

This sounds like some really deep personal issues.


36 posted on 05/17/2011 10:15:40 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Your party left you.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
maybe we should cultivate these along the Mexican Border...

Great idea!!
37 posted on 05/17/2011 10:15:57 AM PDT by goldfinch
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To: boycott
"Over 50% of the inspected fish they send us is rejected. Far less than 1% of the fish is ever inspected.

They’ll take their chances with less than 1% inspected.

SCARY we have such high demands on our food producers but allow their deadly slop to be sent to us.

"

On sale now at your local WAL*MART.

38 posted on 05/17/2011 10:27:12 AM PDT by matthew fuller (Tagline expired!)
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To: Parmenio

No Chinese food in our house.


39 posted on 05/17/2011 10:40:53 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Eh ?)
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To: Parmenio
Many wary consumers choose to buy foreign products, which are seen as safer. But this is also vulnerable to mislabelling. The Fruit Industry Association of Guangdong province told reporters this week that "most 'imported' fruit are grown in China".

I wonder if this happens here, in reverse - imported Chinese food labeled as grown in the USA.

40 posted on 05/17/2011 10:46:31 AM PDT by roadcat
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To: sickoflibs
I definitely want to avoid any food imported from there.

You said it! China's made big inroads in the American pharmaceutical market, and in vitamins and other supplements. Selling finished product, but also selling ingredients to American companies to use in their products. You think it's made in the USA, but it's not.

Mercury, lead and arsenic are common contaminants. Even if you can find a company that doesn't source anything from China, that could change at any time and you'd never be any the wiser. Companies aren't required to reveal it on the label, or anywhere else afaik.

41 posted on 05/17/2011 10:53:57 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Parmenio

China is actually still in the perverse final stages of Communism. Its all about “materialism” which is the basis of Marxist thought.

The irony is that Mao organized Chinese society for the productive explosion its experienced these past 25 years.

Everything in China today is about making a buck and morality has been destroyed by the Communists.


42 posted on 05/17/2011 10:54:49 AM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: hoagy62
Gallagher should sue the Chinese for endangerment.

No, he should sue the farmer for trademark infringement.

43 posted on 05/17/2011 10:55:21 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: Parmenio
Liu said he was unable to sleep because he could not shake the image of the fruit bursting.

Sounds like somebody who needs a front-row seat at a Gallagher comedy show.

44 posted on 05/17/2011 10:57:57 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: Parmenio

Wonder if this is related to the exploding deer populations we sometimes hear about.


45 posted on 05/17/2011 11:04:22 AM PDT by Western Phil
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To: Pan_Yan; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...

"Stand back! They're gonna blow!"



46 posted on 05/17/2011 11:36:06 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: boycott
SCARY we have such high demands on our food producers but allow their deadly slop to be sent to us.

Actually most American food, aside from meat, is never inspected. The plants producing the food may be inspected once a year.

47 posted on 05/17/2011 11:39:39 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Straight Vermonter

Okay, that’s just kind of creepy gross.


48 posted on 05/17/2011 11:53:22 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Parmenio

O.K., enough with the “come ons”; there was supposed to be a video of a field of exploding watermelons. I feel cheated!!! /sarc


49 posted on 05/17/2011 12:09:05 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: thackney; humblegunner; TheMom; Eaker; Hap; Allegra

And all this time we’ve been blowing up watermelons the hard way.


50 posted on 05/17/2011 12:22:35 PM PDT by Bacon Man (Need more bacon)
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