Severe soil contamination threatens agricultural safety in some parts of China, the Economic Information Daily reports, citing experts at the 4th China Forum on Environmental Remediation Development Strategy. Some areas face heavy soil contamination, especially where heavy polluting enterprises, derelict industrial land, industrial parks, centralized disposal sites for solid waste, oil producing regions, mining areas, sewage-irrigated areas and arterial highways are located. The main pollutants are cadmium, arsenic, lead, mercury, chromium and copper, said Wei Fusheng, an academic from the Chinese Academy of Engineering…Full Article: China Daily Dec 2014

Key Points

  • According to the China National Environmental Monitoring Centre (CNEMC), 24.3% of recently sampled vegetable cultivation areas (i.e. 1,188 out of 4,910 sites) in China were contaminated with pollutants.
  • According to a 2011 survey carried out by China’s Ministry of Agriculture, 67.8% of the sampled rice paddy land (i.e. 1.6 million mu out of 2.37 million or 107,200 hectares out of 182,133 ha) were contaminated with pollutants including cadmium, arsenic, nickel, copper, mercury and chromium. The survey took place in 88 counties across the provinces of Hunan, Hubei, Jiangxi and Sichuan.

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