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Millions Of Acres Of Chinese Farmland Too Polluted To Grow Food, Highlighting Growing Threat


Environment  (tags: pollution, world, environment, destruction, ecosystems, habitat, habitatdestruction, nature, humans )

Cal
- 205 days ago - huffingtonpost.com
More than 8 million acres of China's farmland is too polluted with heavy metals and other chemicals to use for growing food, a Cabinet official said Monday, highlighting a problem that is causing growing public concern.



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Freya H. (298)
Monday December 30, 2013, 5:49 pm
One can only imagine what a serious famine would do to China - and what one imagines would probably be quite different from what would actually happen.
 

Chaz Berlusconi (72)
Monday December 30, 2013, 5:50 pm
The Chinese unfortunately do not give a damn about their animals there..let alone the land.. their animal and human rights record proves that...
 

Edo R. (71)
Monday December 30, 2013, 9:57 pm
Thanks for sharing!
 

Natasha Salgado (511)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 12:13 am
Forgive me if i don't shed a singe tear. This world would be in a much better place if China would just disappear. Thx Cal
 

John S. (297)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 1:54 am
Noted, not certain that I would wish bad for anyone, just my well wishes in there efforts to right the problems.
 

Rhonda B. (103)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 6:18 am
thanks
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 6:25 am
noted, thanks
 

Jinny L. (61)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 6:25 am
Now the public is concerned? A little late isn't it? Apparently, they didn't realize or didn't care beforehand what the devastating consequences of polluting the land, air and water would be. This isn't just China's problem it's worldwide. Thanks Cal for sharing.
 

Ruth Ann W. (205)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 6:58 am
Not much a surprise, What we need to do is judege less and worry more about educateing and working to fix the problem, don't you think?
 

Dave C. (213)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 7:01 am
just read this elsewhere...not surprised, but unfortunately if we let BIG AG or BIG ENERGY or BIG MINING have their way in the USA we maybe writing this similar article in a # of years......especially if the GOP/Cons get their way and destroy the EPA.....
 

Michael Kirkby (83)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 7:26 am
This is actually an understatement as many of the water sources are polluted as well. This is what happens when you cut down all your trees; have too many people; have no environmental controls on transportation or industry. Then the PRC wonders why we impudent Canadians protest at them coming here to harvest our resources.
I'm not against foreign investment. I just don't want to turn Canada into the PRC West.
 

Ben Oscarsito (353)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 7:30 am
They had it coming...What more can I say...?
 

. (0)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 7:35 am
Horrible! They should really do something about the pollution. Thanks for sharing, Cal.
 

Chantale F. (21)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 8:13 am
Unfortunately while I was living in Japan there were 2 huge incidences of polluted foods from China. A reporter even went to a farmer's field there were all the produce was sprinkled in bright, fluorescent-like hot pink pesticide. I saw it with my own eyes on the news. No wonder so many people got sick! I avoid products from China since then. It is so sad.
Sigh, Canada was #8 on the top 10 most polluting countries in 2011 :(
At least this Canadian has a light carbon footprint.
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 9:56 am
Noted
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 11:32 am
Noted & posted
 

Michael A. (27)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 11:56 am
Noted
 

John B. (215)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 12:12 pm
Thanks Cal for the link to the article. I'm sure the tainted acreage is much higher than reported. The slideshow was informative and that China came in first and the US second was no surprise (at least to me). Read, viewed and noted.
 

Ondine J. (131)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 1:36 pm
Thanks Cal, very scary.
 

Stardust Noel (56)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 1:37 pm
Not surprising, they seem to have nasty habits, & food from there has always been questionable, they are horrible to animals, so............I'm with Natasha on this one.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 1:52 pm
So sad. I wish every person and country would find a fast solution for ending all types of pollutions. It would help people in many ways. Thanks Cal
 

Birgit W. (140)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 2:13 pm
You mean only in China? I don't think so. Just look at our own countries.
 

Alexandra Rodda (176)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 2:26 pm
This is an indication that there is something major wrong with the world system. China is a huge country and has a population of 1,35 Billion people in a world of about 7.2 Billion. Somehow China has become the factory of the world. It seems to manufacture most of the world's manufactured goods. the byproduct of most such manufacture is toxic waste. The Chinese must compete with others that could offer the world cheap goods made by cheap labor. One of the ways of saving costs is to save on the cost of waste disposal.
This dangerous pollution is the result of short sighted and greedy actions not just by the Chinese, but by Western nations that outsource their manufacturing needs to countries like China, thus concentrating toxic waste there. Will the corporations that do this to enrich themselves and deprive their own fellow citizens of work, will they take at least some of the responsibility for the hundreds of millions of Chinese people that will die because of this? Eventually this pollution will spread world wide on the air, in the water and in the Chinese exports.
We're all in this together. Let's not demonize any nation other than ourselves. When I look at the labels of a lot of things in my house, I read: " Made in China". so in a way, I'm also responsible.
 

Anne F. (17)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 4:22 pm
Fresh water and arable land are in short supply. We should prioritize sustainable farming and animal husbandry over quick transportation and plenty of gadgets.
 

A F. (130)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 4:26 pm
noted
 

Tanya Selth (0)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 4:46 pm
This is a tragicity and people shouldnt be blaming the chinese as the rest of the world is causing polution too and likely to end up the same. Instead... our govenments need to take what is happening in China as a warning.

Will the day come in which the only food that is safe is grown in our own gardens? (thou also contaminated some by the air). Toxins can hang around for a dreadfully long time.

We also all contribute to this when we are buying cheap chinese products. We help create the market in our desires for cheaply made things, that is playing into this all happening. Maybe we all should be taking a pledge to stop buying Chinese products.
 

Dianne D. (453)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 6:51 pm
China seems to be the poster child for how not to run a country. That is what you get when there are no laws in place to protect the people, animals, and environment. Man is too greedy to be governed without laws.
 

Jeanne Rogers (641)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 7:48 pm
Noted.
 

Nimue P. (223)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 7:52 pm
The universe always finds a way.
 

Judith C. (104)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 11:28 pm
Noted sad news.
 

Julie W. (20)
Tuesday December 31, 2013, 11:56 pm
I guess this is one of the reasons why they are buying up farm land in other countries. They have bought several Australian dairy farms recently.
 

Chaoti Huang (0)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 2:52 am
GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Chaoti Huang (0)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 2:54 am
GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Arlene C. (122)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 4:30 am
MECCI POUR LES COMMENTAIRES, j'AI lu
 

Kitty Heardman (21)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 4:41 am
noted
 

Manel Dias (20)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 8:05 pm
Damn Chinese need to control their own human population. Not that going around the globe bying other parts of the worlds land to own. China is one of countries without any laws to protect the people or the animals and lives according to their own individual laws. Too many greedy politicians only looking to fatten their own pockets and damn the consequences. So the country is in peril at all times.
 

Charlie Rush (48)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 10:03 pm
This is exactly the result of, greed over people.

If only people cold learn from OTHERS mistakes.
I guess that's wishful thinking.
 

Madhu Pillai (22)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 2:48 pm
Stop importing from China and stop buying Chinese, little difficult in Australia, so hard to find anything locally produced except for food, thank heavens for that. I stopped buying Chinese garlic, perfect shaped, cheap and white, soaked in bleach.
 

Jane H. (128)
Sunday January 5, 2014, 8:05 am
bad news, indeed for all of us.
 
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