Tuesday, February 22, 2011

China rice laced with heavy metals: report

This week's edition of the New Century magazine cited studies showing that large amounts of Chinese have been tainted with like cadmium due to years of pollution stemming from the nation's rapid economic growth.

"During China's fast-paced industrialisation, activities such as mining have sprung up everywhere, releasing into the environment like cadmium, arsenic, mercury and other harmful heavy metals," the report said.

"These harmful heavy metals have spread through the air and water, polluting a rather large area of China's land... a complete chain of food contamination has existed for years."

The report cited academic studies since 2007 focusing on several rural villages in southern near mines and industrial areas where health problems such as bone diseases have emerged, mostly among the elderly. (Read more)