China owns 7% of the arable land in the world, but it uses 35% of the total amount of chemical fertilizer and pesticide used in the world

China using 35% of the world’s chemical fertilizer

Staff Reporter


The excessive use of chemical fertilizer needs to be curtailed to improve China’s soil quality, said Mao Yushi, a Chinese economist, at a conference on ecology and agriculture held in Beijing on Nov. 9. “Our country has the highest concentration of chemical fertilizer use, which has a seriously damaging effect on the soil,” said Mao in a Beijing Times report. Statistics presented during the conference show that the number of patients with chronic diseases in China has been growing annually by 3 million. Some experts regard food safety problem to be the main cause.China owns 7% of the arable land in the world, but it uses 35% of the total amount of chemical fertilizer and pesticide used in the world. Mao advocates dropping any agricultural practices that require high amounts of pesticide, chemical fertilizer and pollution.

Ecological agriculture should be the goal for China. The government should raise farmer’s income, improve soil quality and establish the public’s trust for organic food, Mao said.

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