2013 Food & Agriculture Feature Stories

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Bad neighbor: Yingfeng Chemical Plant in Sichuan

Image | 2013-04-22 at 8:00

Vegetables grow nearby Yingfeng Chemical Plant. Shifang City, Sichuan Province. Greenpeace has investigated the manufacture of phosphate fertilizer in Sichuan. Chemical fertilizers play an integral role in industrial agriculture and food...

Living with Danger

Feature Story | 2013-04-16 at 2:30

Investigations made by Greenpeace East Asia have exposed the dumping of massive amounts of hazardous waste in the Southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan by the country's fertilizer industry. Phosphate mining in Longmen Mountain has also greatly...

Risky Business

Publication | 2013-04-16 at 2:00

Continuous phosphate mining has increased the risk of disaster in the Longmen Mountain region with the dangers of mining near an earthquake zone seriously underestimated. The geological structure of these mountains combined with deep valleys, and...

Aftershocks: returning home

Feature Story | 2013-04-16 at 2:00

Travelling the road into Longmen Mountain is filled with danger and unexpected obstacles. There's no asphalt, only rocky gravel, and it hangs over a jagged, vertical cliff. Here and there are piles of dirt and rocks due to frequent landslides in...

Refusing to take environmental pollution lying down

Image | 2013-04-15 at 8:00

This man is one of three members of a local community in Sichuan that are using excavators to try and move piles of industrial waste that have been contaminating their village for years. Fed up with being ignored by the polluters Lomon Group, a...

Toxic fertilizer byproduct: too close for comfort

Image | 2013-04-08 at 8:00

Pictured directly behind this duck farm is the Jinhe Phosphate Chemical Plant. Investigations made by Greenpeace East Asia have exposed the dumping of massive amounts of hazardous waste in the Southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan. The stacks...

Ugly food: the truth behind chemical fertilisers in China

Blog entry by Alessandro Saccoccio | 2013-04-02

When thinking about food the first image that comes to our mind might be the so-called ‘food porn’ photography that the marketing industry relies upon when advertising food products. But there is also an ugly side of food the industry...

Empty cities: after the earthquake

Feature Story | 2013-04-02 at 3:00

In 2008 the tragic Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan killed many and destroyed a vast number of homes. Five years later in the midst of reconstruction, and with dozens of unoccupied apartment blocks, villagers of Renhe, Jinhua near Shifang found...

The "foolish" men and a phosphorus mountain

Feature Story | 2013-04-02 at 3:00

There is an old Chinese tale of a "foolish old man" whose home was penned in by two mountains, making access to and fro difficult. The man declared he would move the mountains, earning ridicule from his neighbours in the process. But the man...

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