China’s Farmland Under Threat from Heavy Metal Contamination

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,

Hunan Official Exposes Potential Corruption over the Renaming of Southern China’s Honeysuckle Flower

An official in China’s south-central Hunan Province took matters into his own hands and used his microblog to report official corruption in China’s Food and Drug Administration (CFDA). He charged that for almost a decade growers of a sweet-smelling herb in southern China have lost millions due to the CFDA’s actions. Lu Qun is deputy

Pig Farm in Hunan is Under Police Protection after Angry Villagers Complain of River and Farmland Pollution

A polluting pig farm in Linli, a county in Hunan Province, was put under the protection of local police when angry villagers and a local environmental protection agency asked it to take action to reduce its pollution, China Daily has learned. An inscribed tablet hung at the farm’s gate said the farm was under protection

China Halts Agriculture Production on 3.33 Million Ha of Arable Land due to Heavy Metal, Pesticide, and Feed Additive Pollution

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

Two Chinese Rapeseed Oil Processors Violated Food Acquisition Policy by Blending Imports with Domestic Oil

China Grain Reserves Corporation said on its official website on Oct 28 that since the end of August, they have conducted a full inspection on the implementation of the acquisition policy of rapeseed oil. A company in Hubei province blended 944 tons of imported rapeseed oil into homemade oil and another in Hunan province, 483