Elise was doing a science experiment with sweet potatoes and was puzzled when her potatoes refused to vines.
She asked her grocery store’s produce manager why that was. Here’s what she found out:
Is this astute young lady going to be the next Birke Baehr?
It turns out that those conventional sweet potatoes were treated with a chemical called chlorpropham, or “bud nip,” which prevents potatoes from developing eyes after they’ve been harvested. The Pesticide Action Network does not classify chlorpropham as a carcinogen, but it does list it as toxic to honeybees. Honeybees, and pollinators like them, pollinate 30% of our world’s food plants.
In the lab, animals chronically exposed to bud nip experienced, “retarded growth, increased liver, kidney and spleen weights, congestion of the spleen and death.” This may or may not affect consumers, and it’s farm workers who spray this chemical on a regular basis who are most at risk.
What do you guys think about this growth inhibitor? Personally, I’d rather cut some stray eyes off of my potatoes than eat a questionable chemical. What about you?