Watermelon Explosion Reveals Food Safety Crisis
For the past few days, a small filed of
unripe watermelons in a Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province
suddenly exploded like land mines.
Melon growers lost over 3,000 kilograms (6,600 lbs)
of watermelons and the field technician fled.
The watermelon explosion revealed the harmful
use of growth enhancers and sweetening
agents in watermelons, as well as the fact that
China’s toxic food is a worldwide problem.
Fifty-one-year-old Liu Mingsuo, a melon grower in
Yanling Town, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province,
was growing Japanese “quality watermelons” in his
small, leased greenhouse. As the technician suggested,
Liu started to use a “new formula” consisting of
growth enhancers and sweetening agents and a
“calcium solution” in his field since May 6.
After two days, Liu’s watermelons started to split one
after another and over 3000 kilograms (6,600 lbs)
of watermelons were ruined. Liu’s investment of
RMB240,000 ended (US$37,000) was totally lost.
Other melon growers also experienced these
This watermelon explosion phenomena
aroused strong reaction among netizens.
A single micro-blog about the problem
generated over 150,000 clicks.
“We knew nothing about this phenomena
before the explosion and are shocked
after it!” Most netizens were very surprised
by the widespread use of dangerous plant additives.
One netizen said: “The watermelon I bought
two days ago was so sweet that I even got scared!
It’s definitely a major problem! Is there anything
healthy to eat in China, nowadays?”
Another netizen said:“Besides watermelons, most
fruits are sprayed with growth enhancers. I found
many split apples while shopping. Nobody has
ever seen anything like this before!”
After the watermelon explosion phenomena, it was
revealed that the beautiful flowering cucumbers
that people were selling, were actually sprayed with
“contraceptives” and “hormones”,
which made people very sick, causing diarrhea.
Faced with the endless food safety issues in China,
Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Premier Wen Jiabao
came up with the expression, “moral corruption,”
for the first time last month,
arousing extensive public discussion and analysis.
A commentator, Henghe, said that, the CCP
regime has been “forcing people to do immoral things,”
through strict media censorship.
Henghe said: “It is a widely accepted fact that
China has the most atheists. Atheism and
the lack of spiritual beliefs have caused people
to dare to commit all forms of evil.
The constraints of people’s behaviors are beliefs,
universal principles, and the law.”
According to Henghe, due to the CCP regime’s
heavy-handed control of China, for decades,
people have formed the idea that “being rich
is honorable but having spiritual beliefs makes
one feel guilty” as having spiritual beliefs
goes against the CCP atheistic doctrines.
Henghe: “In China, the CCP pushed the practice of
atheism and evolutionism onto the masses,
after it suppressed traditional Chinese beliefs.
It treats money as the only officially approved
value system and has thus corroded social morality.
This is materialism’s essence.
Why is a complete materialist so fearless?
He doesn’t have any belief system. The CCP
created an amoral culture of thought in China,
so it is not a problem of moral corruption,
but a problem with the CCP authorities who
intentionally destroyed people’s traditional
sense of morality.”
Some Hong Kong media commented,“Why does
a government, which cannot even guarantee
basic food safety, closely watch those human rights
activists? If the authorities can cause good people like
Ai Weiwei and Zhao Lianhai to disappear, why not let
the profiteers and toxic food disappear and
make people’s lives better?”
A netizen said,“Civilians are the people who suffer
the most, causing our descendants’ thinking to become
warped and deformed. If this happens, our country
will cease to exist! These disasters are brought about
by the deficient CCP system.”
NTD reporters Qu Ming and Sun Ning