In recent years, Chinese people have fought hard but ineffectively against poorfood safety standards. There are simply too many tainted foods, from raw foodproducts to cooking oil and food utensils. Waste oil, toxic chopsticks, and toxiclunch boxes can still be cleaned up, but there are three sources of poisoningwhich are most difficult to handle.The first is that the farmers adopt high tech methods in growing crops. There iswidespread application of pesticides and fertilizers in the conventionalagricultural industry, and antibiotics and hormones are widely used in raisinglivestock. Fresh water and coastal aquatic products have been contaminated. Ihad even heard when I was living in China that farmers grow crops or raiselivestock for their own consumption, separately from the products they sell, tokeep from poisoning themselves.Related Articles
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Toxic Levels of Manganese Found in Guangdong Tap Water The second source comes from food processing. To cut costs, companies use largequantities of food additives and chemicals. The addition of melamine to milkpowder to give the appearance of enhanced protein content is just one example.The third source is rooted in Chinas seriously polluted environment. According toan analysis by Chinas Ministry of Environmental Protection, the area of farmlandpolluted by cadmium, arsenic, chromium and lead has reached 20 millionhectares (approximately 49 million acres)about one-fifth of Chinas total. Foodpoisoned by heavy metal is estimated at 12 million tons each year. (These foodsare all consumed, with a small portion even exported.)The rampant flooding of tainted food in the market is a result of manufacturerscompletely disregarding ethical responsibilities, the government abandoning itsrole as regulator, and an absence of trust in the market.