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Contaminated soils endangers food supply

China’s agricultural soils are 20 percent contaminated

It was a mere side note among the myriad news stories about the chaotic food distribution to the people of Shanghai. In several districts, residents complained of stomach pains and diarrhea after consuming food distributed by the authorities. Flashbacks of contaminated food such as milk, oil and vegetables quickly emerged among China’s urbanites. Social media is rife with stories of the greed of sales-driven companies that risked people’s lives just to keep their balance sheets in the black. Censors do not even touch these stories, because they also benefit Beijing and distract from deeper problems.

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