I’m beginning to get pretty fussy about my food sources. This news item from The Guardian just made me even more so. The picture shows some pretty huge watermelons that look like they just went through a Gallagher show. What happened is much more perverse.
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 incident has become a focus of a Chinese media drive to expose the lax farming practices, shortcuts and excessive use of fertiliser behind a rash of food safety scandals
So, this is a late night open thread because I just had to share this …