2013 Food & Agriculture Feature Stories

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Save the bees, save the humans

Image | 2014-04-28 at 5:30

Bees and other pollinating insects play an essential role in ecosystems. A third of all our food depends on their pollination. A world without pollinators would be devastating for food production.

This 'Sanqi' flower has a toxic secret

Image | 2013-09-30 at 8:00

A close-up of the Panax pseudoginseng, or 'Sanqi' flower. Wenshan, Yunnan Province. Panax pseudo-ginseng, has been well reputed since ancient times for its ability to quicken blood flow, dissolve stasis, and eliminate swelling and pains. Wenshan...

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...

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...

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...

Romance in China's rice fields

Image | 2012-10-22 at 9:00

Having "Yangluo Rice" together is a way to show love for the young Dai people in Xinping country. Rice growing is an integral part of the community's history and culture. Just another example of why it is so important we protect China's rice...

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