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Q: Are Chinese farmers creating cancer villages and blaming the government / factory pollution?

Do you ever travel by train during 3-4 special times of the year? Ever notice that the entire pucking countryside is aflame, producing extremely carcinogenic smoke for hundreds, if not thousands of miles? Ever seen smoke enter the train and engulf everything? We have. It's not fun struggling to breathe on the frigging train and having no recourse other than a surgical mask (which we forgot to bring, sadly).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fires are much worse than shown in these pictures, some of which are right next to the train tracks. I was unable to take pictures of the incredibly awesome blazes because I was trying not to suffocate (already had difficulty breathing). The entire countryside was engulfed in an incredible amount of flames and smoke, and I thought I was going to die if the wind didn't shift the fires somewhere else (which it did... thank God).

 

 

 

You can see in the pictures that the smoke pretty much blacked out the skies.

 

Well, yesterday, after a few days of being home, the winds finally brought all the smoke from the countryside to our neck of the woods (the smell was horrific, and we couldn't go outside without masks/coughing):

 

 

For comparison's sake, this is what it looks like on a typical day, when peasants aren't burning down the countryside:

 

 

 

Are Chinese blaming the government and factory pollution (a small amount compared to the carcinogenic output that these factories produce) for their constant countryside firestorms?

10 years 36 weeks ago in  Health & Safety - China

 
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"controlled" burning of farmland has been used for thousands of years. By burning the land you get a clean soil free of things you don't want, thus you can reduce usage of herbicide. The cancer villages all share that they are near industry that lets out some sort of crap. 

That being said. I am sure there are many uneducated farmers that thing using more fertilizer, more pesticides and herbicides will mean more profit. I have yet to see a normal size carrot in China, they are all giant. It's either grotesque use of chemicals or genetically modified crops. . 

Hulk:

Yep, it's been used for quite a while, but this smoke is also extremely carcinogenic (see links). Even in places where there are no factories, there are still some cancer villages. It's also pretty damn deadly. I was literally choking on this smoke.

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Scandinavian:

Yes, smoke is smoke and is bad to breathe, no matter if it is from cigarettes, cars or moxa. If you read about the cancer villages you will see that they are very specifically located either near industry or downstream industry. I think the cancer villages are typically linked to water pollution. Of course air pollution does not help in the bigger picure. 

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rasklnik:

The large carrot is less tender. Since Chinese people cut and stir fry carrot, they like them big, where as us yanks like them boiled, in soup, or even raw.

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Scandinavian:

the large carrot also has less taste, like all other vegetables in China. Volume over quality. 

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