"Choking on Growth: In China, Farming Fish in Toxic Waters"

Posted on December 18, 2007. Filed under: Uncategorized |

FUQING, China — Here in southern China, beneath the looming mountains of Fujian Province, lie dozens of enormous ponds filled with murky brown water and teeming with eels, shrimp and tilapia, much of it destined for markets in Japan and the West. Fuqing is one of the centers of a booming industry that over two decades has transformed this country into the biggest producer and exporter of seafood in the world, and the fastest-growing supplier to the United States. But that growth is threatened by the two most glaring environmental weaknesses in China: acute water shortages and water supplies contaminated by sewage, industrial waste and agricultural runoff that includes pesticides. The fish farms, in turn, are discharging wastewater that further pollutes the water supply.” David Barboza reports for the New York Times Dec. 15, 2007, in the eighth in a series of articles and multimedia “examining the human toll, global impact and political challenge of China’s epic pollution crisis.”

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