WHAT?? 什么?? 뭐?? những gì??
Trust me, exploding fruit bombs is not a normal occurrence in China. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about the use of pesticides on most of the produce here.
As you may know, one of China’s biggest concerns is not having enough food to feed their over 1 billion citizens. Along with the pressures from China’s current economic progress, the Chinese are willing to do whatever it takes to bring in more profit. Even if it means using chemicals to enhance the growth of their crops.
Having lived in Beijing for the past year, I’ve experienced first hand the effects of living with no consumer confidence. Let me tell you, it’s not a great feeling not knowing what’s safe and unsafe to eat. On many occasions, I’ve found myself lurched over the toilet, and even in the hospital at one point because I didn’t wash the vegetables “properly”, whatever that means. I’ve been told by several people not to trust the big corporations, while at the same time, not to shop at the small markets selling fruits, vegetables and eggs.
So what am I suppose to eat if I can’t go to the grocery stores or local markets without the risk of dying from food poisoning? That’s a question I’m still trying to answer myself, which is a problem because this girl’s gotta eat!
So pushing aside the horrible memories on my bathroom floor, the only real solution for me is to risk my health and only hope the groceries I buy has not been drenched in chemicals. There’s been times when my bananas and tomatoes tastes like medicine (aka pesticides/growth hormones) and I’ve had to throw them out, but honestly, what can you do when you’re living here for one year?
My conclusion is this. If the rest of the population is still alive, I should be fine too. Hopefully….
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