Artificial Ripening Standards
Now we are going into mango season. Many vendors use carbide and chinese ethylene to ripen mangoes and this has long term consequences.
My humble submission to BIS is can they issues standards for artificial ripening that are safe and if nothing is safe ban all artificial ripening. more
Calcium carbide is manufactured by heating lime stone and carbon.Limestone is not a poison and so is carbon.
The product calcium carbide is also not a poison. It simply reacts with water very quickly with effervescence to give out acetylene and lime . Acetylene gas ripens the fruits.
Now where is the poison ?
When fruits ripen it gives out ethylene(C2H4) gas. Later on scientists found out that ethylene helps fruits to get ripened. So people started using ethylene for the ripening of fruits. In the absence of ethylene the next alternative acetylene(C2H2) is being used as the ripening agent
It is well known that the multinationals want fruits at a cheaper rate and in order to distract the poor public from eating fruits the multinationals are spreading the news as was the case of coconut oil . Coconut oil does not contain cholesterol as no plants can produce cholesterol. Coconut oil mainly contains glycerol esters of lauric acid , a constituent of human breast milk which is a very essential item
So if you want to support the multinationals you may please spread this wrong information to fool the public.
Otherwise simply eat the fruits after washing thoroughly with water as usual .On washing CaC2 will become Ca(OH)2,chuna more
We need a much stronger reprsentation from the govt to look into the issues beingraised in local circles otherwise it will remain only for namesake and slowly when no actions are taken people will stop contributing more
I would like to suggest that there should be link that may provide the contact details of all the participants in case there is ever a round-table type of meetings or seminars on any of the goods and services and production & marketing and consumption. Such meetings/seminars may be done under the over all facilitation by the Department of Consumer Affairs in the Consumer Protection Council. more