Chinese farmland (Credit: Laika ac, via Wikimedia Commons)
China’s Communist Party has announced that one-fifth of the nation’s farmland is contaminated due to unregulated industrial activity, NPR reported.
Toxic heavy metals such as cadmium and arsenic pollute 16.1 percent of China’s soil and 19.4 percent of its farmland, according to a report by the Environmental Protection and Land and Resources ministries. The report contained data from a 2.4 million square mile soil survey.
The report, which was previously classified as a state secret, identifies China’s east coast and southwest regions as especially contaminated. Industrial heavy metal pollution is believed to have stricken several villages with above average cancer rates.
Image: Chinese farmland (Credit: Laika ac, via Wikimedia Commons)