Greenpeace: Heavy metals pollution in China makes 'Cadmium rice' a growing problem

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Greenpeace this week released a report on soil and rice crops sampled in villages close to a concentration of heavy metals smelters in China's Hunan Province, "an area that ranks first in rice output and among the top five in nonferrous metals production." The results showed that both rice and soil near the industrial complex are contaminated by heavy metals, including lead. "12 out of all 13 rice samples contained excessive levels of cadmium." Read the "Cadmium rice" report at Greenpeace East Asia. Here's a related piece at the New York Times.

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  1. Rice consumers in that country should be GRATEFUL that they are getting free supplements of vital minerals in their staples.

    Regulating pollution will just drive the problem underground, where only C.H.U.D.s and mole people will benefit from these free minerals.

  2. Also a nice cadmium yellow tint to the rice will eliminate the need to add expensive saffron...

  3. Exactly!

    These are the tangible, real-world benefits that the "tree huggers" and "environmentalists" and "doctors shocked by heavy metal poisoning" neglect to take into account when they insist on job-killing regulations to keep "known toxins and carcinogens" from food.

  4. I think that kidneys are pretty good at separating heavy metals, so just invite a group of people over for a golden shower party and serve a lot of beer and rice.

    (there might be some excess proteins from the "shredded" kidneys, but separating them should be trivial)

  5. Taking off the satire hat:

    There have been stories in the news over the last few years on how the Chinese elite import as much of there as they can, including produce, from overseas. They don't just mistrust crops, but packaged and processed food. The context was the revelation about foods deliberately adulterated with melanine, but I'm sure they take pollution into account as well.

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