China says 1/5 of its farmland polluted

China says 1/5 of its farmland polluted

There are 11 comments on the Telegram story from Apr 18, 2014, titled China says 1/5 of its farmland polluted. In it, Telegram reports that:

Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China's government released a yearslong study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is contaminated with toxic metals, a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party's authoritarian rule.

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I can read

Edinburgh, UK

#1 Apr 19, 2014

That is all.

Richmond, Canada

#2 Apr 19, 2014
OMG like we didnt know there is pollution in China...

why do you think their Government is publishing this info?

so they can go after industries they dont want in China anymore

plus this will be a huge new industry, environmental cleanup, where the government will throw money at it

leave it to a Brit to talk about pollution... Industrial Revolution ring a bell?

unless you are trying to point out the UK has become poor and the people stupid because of the pollution from your Industrial Revolution

Richmond, Canada

#3 Apr 19, 2014
too stupid to understand that probably even more Chinese will leave China... and go dominate you Brtis
Prince George

Toronto, Canada

#4 Apr 19, 2014
I can read wrote:
That is all.
That's the reason why China is leasing vast tracts of arable land in other countries. In order to grow food for China's population and give Mother Nature time to heal China's over-worked and exhausted land.

China's agricultural requirements will be outsourced to other countries. Which in turn will help the economies of these other countries.
Why do you suppose China plans to become a fully urbanised society with no rural population?

It isn't hard to tell that you're another one of those idiots who gloat enthusiastically and rub your hands with glee at any disconsolate news coming out of China.

But worry not old chap, China isn't going to collapse like your precious EU. Specially since you've added another basket case country (Ukraine) to your long list of countries looking for EU handouts.

Plenty of rich Chinese mainlanders are buying up property in Ol' Blighty nowadays.
So when baby prince George becomes an adult in 20 years time, he'll probably have a Chinese neighbour at Kensington palace.

Richmond, Canada

#5 Apr 20, 2014
there will probably be MASSIVE state owned farms cropping up in China... as everyone goes urban...

Richmond, Canada

#6 Apr 20, 2014
btw... as Russia takes over part of the Ukraine


Sep 23, 2013 - China buys 5 percent of Ukraine's land -- or about 9 percent of its farmland -- to feed its growing population.

Zion, IL

#7 Apr 23, 2014
cineses PIGS spread around the world like bird shiets..AHAHAHAHA

Pickering, Canada

#8 Apr 23, 2014
china ppl are dirty.
Fair Play

Wigan, UK

#9 Apr 24, 2014
all nations are polluted the point is to stop the rot it is no use mocking
It is so Amazing

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

#10 Apr 24, 2014
IMO This is why China today is different from many other countries around the world including Malaysia. We only CRITICIZE and TALK but when it come to ACTION... ZERO!

Updated: 2014-04

By Cheng Yingqi (China Daily)

Chinese scientists have developed soil remediation technologies to prepare for large-scale applications.

The technologies focus on using plants to absorb heavy metal contaminants in soil.

The technologies were developed by the Center for Environmental Remediation of the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Resources Research under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, which began research 10 years ago.

Soil contamination is serious in China, with large areas of cropland polluted, said Lei Mei, a professor at the center.

Soil remediation technologies have been applied on 133 hectares of land in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, Henan, Yunnan and Hunan provinces and Beijing on a trial basis, and Lei said she believes the technologies will have "good application prospects".

A report from the Ministry of Environmental Protection on Thursday showed that about 19.4 percent of farmland in China was polluted, according to Xinhua News Agency.

"The publication of the survey result is a milestone for soil remediation in China," Lei said.

Before the release of the survey results on Thursday, the latest official data available was released by the Ministry of Land and Resources in 2006. That report said that about 7 percent, or 10 million hectares, of arable land in China was contaminated by heavy metals.

By 2009, the country had 135.38 million hectares of arable land.

In 2005, scientists from the center proved in the laboratory that the plant Pteris vittata, or Chinese brake fern, had cleansing abilities when planted in soil polluted by heavy metals such as lead, zinc, sulfur and arsenic.

After the fern becomes saturated with heavy metals from the polluted soil, the aboveground part of the plant is cut off and burned. A new shoot grows from the root, and the process is repeated.

Field experiments since 2010 on 60 hectares of polluted land in Hechi, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, showed the plant can reduce heavy metals by 10 percent a year, which means it can help reduce pollutants to safe levels within three to five years.

The scientists have promoted planting of the fern among local farmers. The ferns are intercropped, or grown in the same fields, as cash crops such as flax.

Meanwhile, scientists are developing a new passivator, which is a coat with an oxide layer that protects against heavy metal contamination of the soil.

Liu Wenhua, chief engineer of the Guangdong province Research Center for Geoanalysis, recently developed a new passivator that could reduce cadmium, lead, copper and zinc in soil.

Richmond, Canada

#11 Apr 27, 2014
Soedarsono wrote:
cineses PIGS spread around the world like bird shiets..AHAHAHAHA
they go around the world and dominate... your Indonesian APE kind goes to other countries to be SERVANTS

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