Chinese regulations do not forbid the usage of the drug, and it is allowed in the US on kiwi fruit and grapes, but it was reported that manyChinesefarmers are abusing both illegal and legal chemicals, with many farms misusing fertilizers and pesticides.
Is This Safe?
According to the EPA pesticide fact sheet, the forchlorfenuron is not necessarily harmless. It reports:
- Increased pup mortality and decreased litter sizes in rat studies
- Moderate toxicity to freshwater fish
- A littlebit higher toxicity levels in the avian population
How to Tell if Your Fruit Was Grown With Hormones or Pesticides
According to the Environmental Working Group, around two-thirds of the 3,015 produce samples that have been tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2013 contained pesticide residues, with a total of around 165 different pesticides on thousands of vegetable and fruit samples.
Watermelons that are grown with hormones are going to display cracks on the inside. This is a sign that watermelons grew faster than they were supposed to.
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