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It's about to get a little safer to drink Chinese tea

Blog entry by Wang Jing | 2012-07-23

You may remember earlier this year we bought 18 tea products at random from nine tea companies in China, and after sending the samples to be tested discovered that a whopping 12 of the 18 samples contained at least one pesticide...

Tips for avoiding pesticide consumption

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-07-12 1 comment

Image © Greenpeace / Alex Hofford As the saying goes, we are what we eat. Which is why we have to be super mindful about what we're putting in our bodies, if we want to stay healthy. But how can we rest assured about food quality...

Soldiers on the border between Burma and China

Image | 2012-07-02 at 7:00

Burmese soldiers are seen here on the border between Burma and China. Taken in 2005 as part of a project entitled 'Rice is Life'. The project presented evidence showing the importance of rice and ecology and the interaction between rice and...

Think twice about China's soy

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-06-26

There are some foods that are just too important to mess with. In China, that's soybean. And yet every day we are seeing the security of this vital staple food become slowly eroded by the introduction of genetically engineered soy. ...

Snow White takes her message to the RT Mart HQ

Image | 2012-06-04 at 13:00

After a month of releasing a report that detailed RT Mart's pesticide addiction and collecting 4000 signatures for their petition, Greenpeace activists in Taiwan brought their message to the RT Mart headquarters. One of the campaigners delivered...

Vegetables in major HK supermarkets turn up with toxic pesticides

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-05-23

Last week Greenpeace campaigners in Hong Kong published testing results from some of Hong Kong's biggest supermarkets and found illegal pesticides and mixed pesticide use on many fresh produce samples. With Mainland China a major...

Want to eat organic in China? Here's how!

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-05-15

Last year China Daily reported on a farmer in Yunnan who admitted that he would never dare to eat the vegetables he sells, due to the amounts of chemicals pesticides and fertilizers used on them. Instead he grows a separate...

The "wine" of China compromised by pesticide use

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-05-01

The tea fields of coastal Chinese province Zhejiang cover the hills in rows of lush, green tea bushes. The image is reminiscent of the rolling vineyards of Tuscany. And in many ways, tea is to China what wine is to the West. Pu'er tea...

Snow White pesticide poisoning in Taiwanese supermarket

Image | 2012-04-26 at 17:30

Following the release of a Greenpeace pesticides report that named six well-known supermarkets that sell fresh fruits and vegetables, activists took their message directly to a RT-Mart in Taipei. Greenpeace is calling on companies like RT-Mart to...

Lipton tea laced with toxic pesticide residue

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-04-24 4 comments

Last week we released a report revealing the extent of which banned pesticides are finding their way in Chinese brand teas. And today, the revelations keep on coming. Lipton, the world's best-selling tea brand, is also selling...

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