2013 Food & Agriculture Feature Stories

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Chickens, but no children, afforded protection from pesticides

Feature Story | 2013-08-14 at 8:00 1 comment

It's a common story across China: the young people have jobs or do business in the cities, leaving the elderly to tend to the village farms. Auntie Ye is illiterate, like so many of the honeysuckle growing farmers in the area. When asked how to...

Chinese farmers: working blind with toxic pesticides

Feature Story | 2013-08-08 at 8:00

Xiaogui belongs to the Hmong people, and already has seven or eight years experience in planting the herb Sanqi. Like so many people in his village, both him and his sister's sole income is dependent on farming, and their children often pitch in...

The people of China want THEIR say regarding genetic modification

Blog entry by Yu Jiangli | 2013-07-04

Last month China's Department of Agriculture approved three biosafety certificates for soybean imports. Their decision triggered a heated debate among the Chinese public and media. China first approved the import of genetically...

Exported: Chinese herbs laced with toxic pesticides

Blog entry by Eric Darier | 2013-07-03

Although widely known since 2009 as the world's largest exporter, a new Greenpeace East Asia investigation has now revealed that China is also exporting traditional Chinese herbs laced with a toxic cocktail of pesticide residues. ...

Pseudo-ginseng farms in Yunnan, China

Image | 2013-07-01 at 8:00

A field covered in black netting enclosures a pseudo-ginseng farm in Dehou Town, Wenshan County, Yunnan Province. Wenshan is the origin and main production area for pseudo-ginseng and accounts for almost 98 percent of China's total pseudo-ginseng...

Chinese Herbs

Publication | 2013-06-26 at 2:00

This report shows that Chinese herbal products were covered in pesticide residues considered highly hazardous by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Some of the residue levels were hundreds of times higher than EU food safety standards. The...

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...

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