Plastic film used in Chinese agriculture is merging with the soil it covers, leading to bizarre “white pollution” that has covered swaths of Chinese farmland with weird, soil-killing, plastic snow.
The technique has been used for more than 30 years to save water and protect young crops from evaporation but, as The Beijing News reports:
“Many farmers don’t understand the dangers of leftover plastic, and before turning the earth they just use a harrow to clear the soil in a basic fashion. The plastic-filled soil is quickly covered over by the freshly turned soil.”
The plastic not only affects the quality of the soil but also lowers its fertility. Over time, this contamination could also lead to poor water flow and hinder the development of the crop’s roots, leading to a decline in output.
‘White pollution’ has not only been affecting agriculture, but has also surfaced on roads and construction properties. It joins the ranks of China’s wonderful water pollution, air pollution, noise pollution, Et al.
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