2013 Food & Agriculture Feature Stories

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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...

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...

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