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One tenth of China's soil contaminated

Soil contamination in China has reached a critical level, said State Environmental Protection Adminstration (SEPA) Minister Zhou Shengxian on Tuesday.
Many places across China are suffering varying degrees of soil contamination due to a number of different causes; the situation is critical to the health of ecosystems, food safety and the development of sustainable farming, said the minister.

150 million mu (10 million hectares) of land - a tenth of China's total arable land area - suffers from soil pollution, according to the ongoing investigation. Most of the contamination is concentrated around relatively developed areas.

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