01-07-2014 07:45 AM | China

Fertilizers and pesticides are killing China's farmland

Heavy use of fertilizer and pesticides has helped China's northeast region become the country's top grain producer but at the cost of polluting the soil, which will take years to rectify, the Beijing-based Economic Observer reports.

The northeast, which includes the three provinces of Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning, as well as the eastern part of the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, accounted for 24.1% of the country's grain production in 2013, with the northeastern most province of Heilongjiang the leading producer among them.
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