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Jun 20, 2018 05:57 PM
ENVIRONMENT

How Rules for Migration and Land Use Hurt China’s Environment

Farmland is seen in Yunyang county, Chongqing municipality, on May 29. Photo: IC
Farmland is seen in Yunyang county, Chongqing municipality, on May 29. Photo: IC

China’s land and migration policies are contributing to the country’s overuse of agricultural chemicals, a new study has found.

Policies that stretch back decades have caused China’s farms to shrink in size. And smaller farms are more likely to overuse dangerous chemicals because it is less cost-effective to invest in productivity-increasing equipment like machinery and irrigation systems than it is to resort to increased amounts of pesticide and fertilizer.

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