Thursday, July 31, 2008

Sunblock for fruit? Farm producers using SPF on plant

Sunscreen for fruits and vegetables is being tested in Australia, Chile and California .

Just like people can get sunburns, produce can also get nasty burns. That's why farmers are applying sunscreen to their crops to prevent skin blistering, heat stress and blemishes.

Climate change and drought have meant challenging growing conditions affecting the quality, yields and price of produce. Farmers lose money with each fruit or vegetable that develops sun damage.

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