Farming of contaminated arable land almost the size of Belgium has been halted and the land will be rehabilitated to ensure food security, a senior official said on Monday [30 December 2013]. A soil survey by the Ministry of Environmental Protection found that pollution affects about 3.33 million hectares, Wang Shiyuan, vice-minister of land and resources, said…Full Article: China Daily Dec 2013

Key point

  • From 2006 to 2010, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Land and Resources carried out a country wide soil pollution survey. The survey results have not been publicly released, it is widely believe that Hunan, with its high levels of cadmium-tainted rice, is one of the leading soil polluted provinces.

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