Experts warn the popular fruit may not be completely risk-free. Some Shanghai locals have been so worried about food safety that they are ordering organic watermelons, while some experts warn that the food is not necessarily risk-free. Shanghai Nonghao Farmers’ Market, one of the most popular organic-food markets in Shanghai, said on its micro blog on Feb 27 that the open-air-grown melons, free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers, can be ordered in advance for 10 yuan ($1.60) a kg, almost twice the price of ordinary melons sold in the city every summer…Full-text article: Mar 2013

Key point

  • Orders for organic melons must be at least 50 kg (~110 lbs.) and the article noted 30 orders have been placed to date

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