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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. ...

Living with Danger

Feature Story | 2013-04-16 at 0:30

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...

Aftershocks: returning home

Feature Story | 2013-04-16 at 0:00

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...

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 0:00

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 0:00

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...

How ancient Chinese farmers had it right all along, and other eco-friendly rice...

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2013-01-03 1 comment

In China's epic 7,000 year history of rice farming, all but the last 30 has been what we would call "totally organic." Unfortunately 30 years is enough to derail a very fine and long love affair, with two developments popping up to...

Why going organic is more than just a lifestyle

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-10-25

The above image currently making the rounds on the internet is a wry reminder that 'organic food', which is at different times branded as elitist, trendy, and only for yuppies, was once the everyday norm. And rather than seeing...

The genetically engineered "Golden" Rice lacks lustre

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-09-05 1 comment

Last week we wrote of the rather disturbing news that 24 Chinese children had been fed genetically engineered (GE) Golden Rice  in a trial backed by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), despite state authorities having come out...

24 children used as guinea pigs in genetically engineered "Golden Rice" trial

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-08-31 2 comments

The above picture taken from our 2004 'Rice is Life' tour where we captured images from traditional, chemical-free paddy fields. How would you feel if I told you that a group of scientists had come to the United States, and fed...

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