In recent years, China has become a major food supplier to Europe. But the low-cost goods are grown in an environment rife with pesticides and antibiotics, disproportionately cited for contamination and subject to an inspection regime full of holes. A recent norovirus outbreak in Germany has only heightened worries.
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Any one course of a 10-course Chinese banquet could kill you.
This list doesn’t include the infamous 2009 melamine-powdered-milk incident that killed several children and attracted international attention. Even though Chinese officials said that all of the melamine-tainted milk products had been destroyed, 26 tons of melamine-tainted milk powder were just uncovered in the end of April at an ice cream bar factory in Chongqing.
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Chen Xiaohua, a vice agricultural minister, said he expected China’s consumption of grains to grow by 4 billion kgs a year between 2011 to 2015.
Consumption of vegetable oil will grow by 800,000 tonnes a year over that period, while meat demand will rise by 1 million tonnes annually.
“Our country is facing great pressure in the supply of agricultural products,” the Shanghai Securities News quoted Chen as saying at an agricultural meeting.
More than 2.2 million people and 2.7 million livestock are facing a water shortage as the worst drought in decades continues to linger in many parts of China.
Some wheat-growing regions, including Shandong, Henan, Hebei, Anhui, Shanxi and Jiangsu provinces, have received little rainfall since October.
More than 4 million hectares of crops across the nation have been plagued by the drought, according to the latest statistics from the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.
In Shandong, although some cities had some snowfall on Friday, experts from the provincial meteorological center said the snowfall was too little to help.
Water supplies to nearly 1 million residents will cease if the drought in the province lasts until the end of March, disaster prevention officials have warned.
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Spring cleaning for Lunar New Year usually involves throwing out lots of things we no longer use.But heres a thought – how about exchanging items that are seldom used, for something you really need?A shop in Beijing reduces wastage by doing just that. The Swap Shop is not a charity store, or a collection centre for junk. Neither does it house prized antiques. It sells items that are seldom used.Everyday items such as electronic dictionary, torches, and ornaments have been exchanged for other products.
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Most of China’s wheat-growing areas in the north are suffering from drought with some seeing no rain for more than three months while the second most important wheat province of Shandong is facing its worst drought in a century
It certainly surprised us to find that they didn’t automatically offer plastic grocery bags, and instead ask if you needed to buy from them at 10c each at every supermarket we visited in Shanghai.
Speaking to friends who lived there, however, revealed some skepticism about the green initiatives – e.g. the no-plastic bag movement was monetarily motivated, and the World Expo reduction in air pollution was over as soon as the Expo was.
People who live in the biggest cities are most likely to recycle, volunteer for environmental organizations and participate in other “green” behaviors, found a new study, which surveyed urban dwellers in a variety of Chinese cities.
The study didn’t consider whether city size also affects green living tendencies in other countries. But the choices people make in China are likely to have environmental consequences throughout the world in years to come, said lead researcher Jianguo “Jack” Liu, a sustainability scientist at Michigan State University in East Lansing.
“China is the largest country in the world, it has had the fastest growing economy in the last three decades, and urbanization is growing really fast,” said Liu, who pointed out that China produces more carbon dioxide emissions than any other country. “Anything that happens in China now is affecting the rest of the world.”
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