It is not uncommon to see picture of people in Beijing, China bicycling or walking along with masks on their faces because of the horrible air pollution that envelops the city in heavy blankets of smog. China is heavily dependent on its industrialization but it is also committed to getting its pollution problem under control for the health of its citizens as well as the health of the Earth. However, smog and air pollution in populated cities are not the only environmental projects the nation is attempting to tackle.
Since the 1970s China’s population has surged. This has resulted in a higher demand for food production agriculture as well as the waste of millions of people. Soil contamination is a serious problem. The nation’s environmental protection agency believes that soil pollution is a real threat to sustainable agriculture as well as freshwater sources. The agency estimates that nearly twelve million tons of harvested grain is possibly contaminated with heavy metals annually. This leads to the loss of billions of dollars in the agriculture industry.