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Protect China's Farmers From Toxic Waste - ForceChange


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Beverly
- 342 days ago - forcechange.com
Lower the domestic demand for cheap toxic metals made in China.



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Beverly M. (91)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 10:16 am
When fields and factories lie side by side, local farmers and consumers run a high risk of being poisoned. In places like the Hunan Province, a top producer of rice and toxic metals like lead, cadmium, and chromium, factories let toxic runoff seep into waterways where it enters irrigation canals, endangering both wildlife and human health. Not only do toxic metals get into peopleís meals, but also animal meat, as the husks of rice plants are fed to farm animals.

Chinese officials have recognized soil contamination as a serious threat to food safety and public health. They have produced a book from the Ministry of Environmental Protection, and pollution monitoring systems should be in place by 2015.

However, Hunan in particular highlights the fact that, in China, food and metal production often compete, the former feeding the nationís population while the latter grows its GDP.

Over in the United States, we look to China to supply primary lead at a competitive price, perhaps never thinking of the grave health consequences felt by those who provide it for us. Please sign the petition below, and demand improved domestic policy on metal processing that protects the environment and human health across the globe.

 

Mary T. (321)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 10:18 am
thank you Beverly - signed & noted
 

AniMae Chi (432)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 10:58 am
Your signature has been recorded.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 11:38 am
Done/thanks
 

Natasha Salgado (577)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 1:57 pm
Done!
 

A F. (132)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 3:29 pm
done
 

Ondine J. (138)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 8:12 pm
Noted and signed,thanks
 

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Monday January 13, 2014, 12:19 am
noted and signed
 

John De Avalon (35)
Monday January 13, 2014, 1:35 am
Gladly signed ...
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Monday January 13, 2014, 4:31 am
Noted
 

Past Member (0)
Monday January 13, 2014, 6:59 am
noted and signed, thanks
 

Raman V. (48)
Monday January 13, 2014, 8:14 am
Signed!
 

Jessica Grieshaber (7)
Monday January 13, 2014, 8:59 am
Thanks
 

Neill Abayon (718)
Monday January 13, 2014, 9:24 am
Noted, signed and shared.
 

Ben Oscarsito (355)
Monday January 13, 2014, 9:32 am
Done!
 

Henrik Thorsen (28)
Monday January 13, 2014, 12:24 pm
Signed.
 

Stardust Noel (52)
Monday January 13, 2014, 12:31 pm
Signed, but I had to laugh too, food in China is nasty ,& they're worried NOW ? I don't buy ANY food from China. And I check everything, I had a store brand can of diced tomatoes, & looked at it when I got home, it said " product from China " ,I took it back.
 

Birgit W. (152)
Monday January 13, 2014, 1:29 pm
Signed.
 

norma laborie (33)
Monday January 13, 2014, 3:04 pm
signed
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Monday January 13, 2014, 4:38 pm
petition signed
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Monday January 13, 2014, 6:17 pm
Signed & noted. Thanks, Beverly.
 

Aaron Bouchard (143)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 6:14 am
signed and noted thanks
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 10:01 am
Done
 

Angelene B. (146)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 11:12 am
signed
 

Kerstin Strobl (370)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 5:01 am
signed
 
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