Traditional Chinese herbs are being contaminated with a toxic cocktail of pesticides that poses a threat to consumer health and the environment. According to test from Greenpeace show that is heavily reliant on toxic chemicals at the expense of human and environmental health.
Greenpeace ecological farming campaigner Jing Wang said
“Chinese herbs are trusted and used as food ingredients for healing purposes by millions of people around the world. They are an iconic part of our heritage we must preserve. Chinese herbs should heal, not harm people and must be pesticide free.”
The toxic chemical from pesticide residue could accumulate inside the body, leading to learning difficulties, hormone disruption and reproductive abnormalities. The result based on 65 herb product which found 51 different types of pesticide residues. Twenty six of the samples contained pesticides that are illegal in China.
Some pesticides were found in extremely high concentration. The Greenpeace was investigate in April and revealed mountains of hazardous waste left from China’s huge phosphate fertiliser industry are polluting nearby communities and waters.
China, the world’s top maker of phosphate fertiliser has seen the production increase over the past decade to 20 million tons last year.
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