If you’re like us, one of the best parts of summer is feasting on fresh watermelon. In the case of these watermelon, though, that’s definitely NOT what you want to be doing this summer.
In particular, we’re referring to watermelon grown in eastern China and elsewhere which were exposed to a growth accelerator known as forchlorfenuron.
In China, the growth chemical has actually resulted in watermelons exploding!
You can see more in the video below:
According to the U.S. EPA, “Forchlorfenuron is a cytokin which improves fruit size, fruit set, cluster weight and cold storage in grapes in kiwifruits.”
Chinese regulations don’t forbid the use of the drug, and it’s allowed in the United States on kiwi fruit and grapes, but it’s been reported that many farmers in China are abusing both legal and illegal chemicals, with many farms misusing pesticides and fertilizers.