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Pollution levels to classify farmland for production

Updated: 2012-02-25 08:25
By Jin Zhu ( China Daily)

BEIJING - Farmland in China will soon be classified by levels of pollution so guidelines can be set as to what can and cannot be grown in certain areas.

All the producing areas will be labeled as forbidden, limited or suitable for producing certain varieties of agricultural products based on the results of the investigation, said Mei Xurong, head of the Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development in Agriculture under the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

"The challenges that the country faces in regard to guaranteeing the safety of agricultural products and public health are unprecedented," Mei told China Daily in an interview.

Pollution levels to classify farmland for production