As much as 16 percent of China’s soil contains higher-than-normal levels of pollution, the Ministry of Environmental Protection said in a notice posted to its website. The results were found in a soil survey that used dirt samples taken across 6.3 million square kilometers of lands, or, two-thirds of the country’s total, Reuters reports:
“Some regions are suffering from relatively heavy pollution, the quality of soil in planting areas is worrying, and the problem of waste from industry and mining also stands out,” [the ministry said].
The ministry found that 82.8 percent of the contaminated samples contained toxic inorganic pollutants, including cadmium, mercury, arsenic, chromium and lead.
It blamed agricultural production and other “human activities” for the contamination, which it said had been accumulated over the long term.
The government last week announced a pilot project meant to treat heavy metal found in Hunan province. Last year it was discovered that rice from Hunan and Guangzhou contained cadmium, a heavy metal that causes caner, damages kidneys and can stay in one’s body for up to 30 years.
On top of that, scientists are now worried that the country’s air pollution is slowing down photosynthesis and wiping out China’s greenhouses, damaging the nation’s food supply.
Along with the dead pig water, we’ve pretty much got all the elements covered.