Thursday, February 20, 2014

How China is dealing with farm pollution

Banning farms near rivers:

The Chinese government is considering moving farming away from major rivers in the country saying the industry's impact on the environment in these areas is just too great.

A senior Chinese government official and agricultural expert, Chen Xiwen, told a meeting at the Beehive in Wellington this week that while agricultural productivity has been rising, China faces a number of hurdles in terms of producing its own food.

Mr Chen said the Chinese government is considering banning or restricting farming along China's major rivers - as the effects of pollution are too severe.

He said farming was a major cause of pollution and the pollution downstream effect was particularly exaggerated.

That's one way of fixing it. Hopefully we'll act early enough to avoid such drastic measures.