Furadan (trade name for Carbofuran) is one of the most toxic carbamate pesticides. It is used to control insects in a wide variety of field crops, including potatoes, corn and soybeans.
In Malaysia, the watermelon planters put Furadan into the soil before planting the watermelon to kill and keep away insects, especially ants.
It is said that Furadan is active for one whole year (12 months) and is most powerful and effective during the first 90 days.
The watermelons mature and are picked after 55 days, when the Furadan is still powerful, and a lot of it is INSIDE THE WATERMELONS!
“This means the watermelon is filled with poison! Furadan especially DAMAGES THE KIDNEYS the organs which have to filter pollution from the blood!”
I know about the above some time ago. In my home village, farmers admitted that they use Furadan for the above purpose.
These farmers do not consume the watermelons produced.
Knowing that I am health conscious, my farmer friend gives me watermelon harvested for his own consumption where no Furadan is applied.