Soil pollution has reached alarming levels in China, and will cause enormous economic losses and affect the health of people for generations, experts warned.
China's arable land is shrinking due to soil pollution and is bringing huge economic losses to a country already short of farmland.
China has 22 percent of the world's population but only 9 percent of the planet's arable land. Every year there are 12 million tons of crops in China are polluted by soil contaminated with heavy metals, which would cause a yearly loss of 20 billion yuan.
Soil pollution also poses a great threat to public health as pollutants, including heavy metals and herbicides, and severely affects the quality of crops.