China’s Dirty Pollution Secret:
The Boom Poisoned Its Soil and Crops

Three decades of rapid development in China has left a troubling legacy – widespread soil pollution that has contaminated food crops and jeopardized public health. Although they once labeled soil data a “state secret,” Chinese officials are slowly beginning to acknowledge this grave problem. READ MORE

 

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Chemical plants in the village of Zhoutie in Central China's Jiangsu Province have polluted waterways and contaminated locally produced rice and wheat with cadmium. Although the government has closed the worst of the factories, toxins remain in the soil. (Photo credit: Wu Di)

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