One-Fifth Of China’s Farmland Is Polluted

BEIJING (April 18, 2014) Nearly one-fifth of China’s farmland is polluted, mostly from years-long accumulations of toxins from factories, mining and agriculture, according to a Chinese government report that raises sharp concerns about the country's food safety after years of unbridled industrialization.

The results of a nationwide survey of soil samples taken from 2005 through last year show contamination in 16.1 percent of the country's soil overall and 19.4 percent of its arable land.

More than 80 percent of the pollution is the result of inorganic toxins, the top three of which are identified as cadmium, nickel and arsenic.

The results were released jointly by China's Environmental Protection Ministry and its Land and Resources Ministry.

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