in the news: 'Red' China

04-23-2007, 06:35 PM
...the same poster that brought you the Romanian thread (you'd a thought I'd learn my lesson...)

brings you:CHINA

Soil pollution imperils food production

More than 10% of China's farmland is contaminated, threatening the ability of the world's most populous nation to feed itself, the official New China News Agency reported.

Excessive fertilizer use and solid waste are among the main pollutants, with heavy metals poisoning about 12 million tons of grain a year, the report said, quoting the Ministry of Land and Resources.

The pollution causes $2.59 billion in losses annually, the government reported.

About 30 million acres have been damaged, at a time when China is losing large amounts of arable land to other uses. The two trends pose a "severe threat" to national food security, the news agency said, quoting an unnamed ministry official.

...Now, China hasn't changed that much...and what is gonna happen to the people who wrote, researched, and ...leaked?... this story?

Black Adam
04-23-2007, 06:48 PM
Bad. Very bad. If they start running out of land, they will become trouble.
As for the possible food shortages, it's just nature's way to keep control of populations.

04-23-2007, 07:00 PM
The water situation is not much better, I fear. Perhaps there is still time.