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China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted
Associated Press ^ | Apr 18, 2014 4:31 AM EDT | Ian Mader

Posted on 04/18/2014 10:51:01 AM PDT by Olog-hai

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.

The report, previously deemed so sensitive it was classified as a state secret, names the heavy metals cadmium, nickel and arsenic as the top contaminants.

It adds to widespread doubts about the safety of China’s farm produce and confirms suspicions about the dire state of its soil following more than two decades of explosive industrial growth, the overuse of farm chemicals and minimal environmental protection. …

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TOPICS: Agriculture; Business/Economy; Food; Society
KEYWORDS: china; communism; farmland; pollution; redchina; workersparadise

1 posted on 04/18/2014 10:51:01 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Anyone care to bet that the USA will get sued for the toxic cleanup?


2 posted on 04/18/2014 10:52:43 AM PDT by Zathras
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To: Olog-hai

Are they allowed to openly discuss this in communist China??? Wow.


3 posted on 04/18/2014 10:53:19 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (Im)
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To: Olog-hai

“It’s your one way ticket to midnight
Call it Heavy Metal
Higher than high, feelin’ just right
Call it Heavy Metal
Desperation on a red line
Call it Heavy Metal noise “


4 posted on 04/18/2014 10:53:26 AM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: Olog-hai

It they are admitting to 1/5, reality means its probably 1/2.


5 posted on 04/18/2014 10:54:02 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Olog-hai

nom nom nom...chicken from China.


6 posted on 04/18/2014 10:54:10 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheelbarrow)
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To: PGR88

Mercury makes a great fertilizer.


7 posted on 04/18/2014 10:54:42 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Might be the kinder, gentler communism of Teng Hsiao-p’ing, but it’s still communism. The report wouldn’t have gotten out if the Party didn’t want it out, probably to generate sympathy in the “international community”.


8 posted on 04/18/2014 10:54:55 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Zathras

No, 5 billion people will simply form a human bridge and take the land from the rest of the world that they require.

Not like anyone has the guts to stop them. Putin I guess but not our dear reader.


9 posted on 04/18/2014 10:56:11 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Olog-hai

Might this explain why the Chinese are so eager to gobble up our farmland, and other physical assets?


10 posted on 04/18/2014 11:06:54 AM PDT by jacquej ("It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own.")
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To: Irenic

Fresh garlic usually comes from China.


11 posted on 04/18/2014 11:07:03 AM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: Olog-hai

and Harry Reid wants to bring them to the US so they can get to work on CLEAN ENERGY ? LOL


12 posted on 04/18/2014 11:07:06 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: Olog-hai
Pollution Rising, Chinese Fear for Soil and Food

“But we don’t do physical checkups. If we find out we have cancer, it’s only a burden on the children.”

13 posted on 04/18/2014 11:08:19 AM PDT by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: Olog-hai

Any freepeers know if there is technology to remediate heavy metal contaminated soil?


14 posted on 04/18/2014 11:15:41 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: bigheadfred

I have the soundtrack to that film on CD - good stuff.


15 posted on 04/18/2014 11:17:12 AM PDT by dainbramaged (Don't tell me, I'll tell you.)
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To: taxcontrol

Yep... Working on that very solution now. :-) I began studying the problem in relation to the possibility of farmland being contaminated from nuclear fallout.


16 posted on 04/18/2014 11:17:57 AM PDT by Errant
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To: taxcontrol

It’s usually a very expensive process to clean the soil, whether by heat treatment, chelation and/or washing. One less-expensive way around outright soil retreatment is soil management, where the goal is to prevent plant absorption of the contaminants.


17 posted on 04/18/2014 11:21:00 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Global Warming. We will have more of our money confiscated from us so China can be clean.

Of course getting rid of ethanol and growing more corn so we can export food to China would be out of the question.


18 posted on 04/18/2014 11:26:48 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: Olog-hai; Errant

I was thinking that planting some kind of plant that absorbed the heavy metals (potatoes or maybe kudzu) and then processing the plants to recover the heavy metals might be an option. It would take the food out the food chain but there are likely other uses for the crops - ethanol perhaps?


19 posted on 04/18/2014 11:29:21 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: Olog-hai

no wonder they are buying Africa

and probably will be buying our farmland, too
these reckless sociopaths are already barging into US food processing


20 posted on 04/18/2014 11:29:28 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Irenic

Don’t eat shrimp from China either.


21 posted on 04/18/2014 11:31:00 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Farmer Dean

I don’t care for store bought shrimp and I don’t like to eat out. I usually like shrimp that is still hoppin’ or recently was— I love tossin’ cast nets, 6ft.


22 posted on 04/18/2014 11:37:54 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheelbarrow)
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To: PGR88
They'd keep the production from un-polluted land for themselves and export polluted products to us.

I mean....it's just business....right?

23 posted on 04/18/2014 11:39:34 AM PDT by stboz
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Of course getting rid of ethanol and growing more corn so we can export food to China would be out of the question.

China is already the leading export destination for U.S. agricultural products.

24 posted on 04/18/2014 12:17:58 PM PDT by sphinx
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To: Dilbert San Diego

May explain all the Chinese buying up homes/land in the West....so are they all moving here in droves?

Doesn’t it make you wonder why the Chinese didn’t rotated crops, or let land rest for 1 yr out of 7? That is the formula for keeping the land from being unable to produce....overuse destroys. If you want to keep using land for a huge population then you had better be careful, or lose the use in the long run.


25 posted on 04/18/2014 12:29:24 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: Olog-hai

Russia’s ag land is much smaller than it should be as 17 % is too polluted to use.

Man, communists are stupid. Ag production is a national security issue and should be protected in a reasoable manner. Contaminating it with heavy metals and poisons is really dumb.


26 posted on 04/18/2014 1:10:35 PM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: Kackikat

Why would communists embrace Biblically-based agricultural principles? They hate them just as much as they hate the family.


27 posted on 04/18/2014 1:21:15 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
But not to worry, they use that farmland exclusively for the export market.
28 posted on 04/18/2014 1:40:52 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Olog-hai

Those principles are not only Biblical, but good agriculture practices in places who have found out how well they work.... while enjoying the benefits of great soil and good looking harvests.


29 posted on 04/18/2014 2:44:49 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: Kackikat
Yes, I agree. But the nature of communists is to reject such principles because of their author and source. Even Marx didn’t have a ready argument to rebut it with, only to dismiss it as the rantings of those that wished to perpetuate “class antagonism” to keep the people divided and conquered:
“Undoubtedly,” it will be said, “religious, moral, philosophical, and juridical ideas have been modified in the course of historical development. But religion, morality, philosophy, political science, and law, constantly survived this change.”

“There are, besides, eternal truths, such as Freedom, Justice, etc., that are common to all states of society. But Communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality, instead of constituting them on a new basis; it therefore acts in contradiction to all past historical experience.”

What does this accusation reduce itself to? The history of all past society has consisted in the development of class antagonisms, antagonisms that assumed different forms at different epochs.

But whatever form they may have taken, one fact is common to all past ages, viz., the exploitation of one part of society by the other. No wonder, then, that the social consciousness of past ages, despite all the multiplicity and variety it displays, moves within certain common forms, or general ideas, which cannot completely vanish except with the total disappearance of class antagonisms.

The Communist revolution is the most radical rupture with traditional property relations; no wonder that its development involved the most radical rupture with traditional ideas.

But let us have done with the bourgeois objections to Communism. …
And when put into practice, Communism shows just how disastrous to humanity it really is. 100 million lives and counting; that sure is a lot of bloodguilt.
30 posted on 04/18/2014 5:02:53 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

According to Pearl S. Buck in her Book ‘China As I See It’ there were drastic changes from the successful Empire, independent, and courteous China during 1295: Yuan Dynasty, when Marco Polo wrote his book about his travels, and still civilized and accepting of Christianity in the Ming Dynasty 3000 years later.... to the China of her book edition published in 1970....with no doubt serious erosion to the China we see today due to influence of Communism.

Pearl S Buck claimed a positive view of the Chinese people, and their ability to regain their footing, maybe too much faith in their ability to return to that original independent quality because she grew up there with the people, although born in W Va.

She made a statement in her forward that ‘Even old tigers like Mao Tse Tung and Chiang Kai-Shek cannot live forever.” I think more wishful thinking than prophecy.

I think the last 50 years have shown in China the descent, that could be a picture of America down the road. Empires that fall or collapse not only through economies and greed, but through loss of it’s family foundation, education, and values make the latter harder to repair or restore.

In saying all of the above, it supports the statement you posted, and gives me concern for our own future.


31 posted on 04/18/2014 6:14:06 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: Olog-hai; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Olog-hai.

Here are some relevant articles from PopSci, which, FYI/BTW, has a search engine that is MUCH WORSE than the one here. No contest. Their search engine — and their site map — SUCKS. Finally found the issue to get the author and title of this first one, then used Google. FAIL.

The Garbage Man
http://www.popsci.com/article/science/garbage-man

16,000 Dead Pigs In The Huangpu: Can You Still Drink Shanghai’s Water?
http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-03/can-you-really-still-drink-water-shanghai

Islands of Garbage, Washed In By Rain, Threaten to Overrun China’s Three Gorges Dam
http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-08/islands-garbage-washed-rain-threaten-massive-chinese-dam

Beijing Deploys Giant Deodorant Cannons to Freshen Up City Landfill
http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2010-03/beijing-deploys-giant-deodorant-cannons-freshen-city-landfill

Chinese Government Plans to Cause Ten Percent More Rain By 2015
http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2011-12/china-aims-modify-weather-producing-more-rain-produce-more-crops

sidebars:

Convenient Home Recycler Turns Plastic Garbage Back Into Ready-To-Use Petroleum
http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2011-02/japanese-invention-recycles-plastic-waste-fresh-supply-petroleum

Amazonian Rainforest Fungus Eats Polyurethane, Potentially Solving a Big Landfill Problem
http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-02/rainforest-fungus-eats-plastic-potentially-solving-landfill-problems


32 posted on 04/19/2014 6:06:15 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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