[Why don't they gather this, turn it into manure and fertilize the fields with that? Then it is no longer a grim problem ]Hi! Could anyone help proofread this? It is an translation only, which is not involved with my viewpoint. Thanks in advance!
First, pollution by chemical fertilizers and pesticides is substantial. Meanwhile white pollution becomes a new trend. Modern agriculture overly relies on chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, insecticide [same as pesticide] and agricultural membrane. The environmental pollution comes on the back of food increase. On average, chemical fertilizers are applied to China’s arable land at a rate of 434.3 kg/hectare, which is 1.93 times over its safe upper limit, but the utility rate is merely 40%. The application of pesticides is 13.4 kg/ hectare generally; 70% of them are [pesticides = plural] highly poisonous, and 60-70% residue remains in the soil. Now the countryside becomes a killing field. Horrendous pesticides are applied everywhere from orchards and vegetable gardens to farms. And the planting of out-of-season vegetables aggravates the abuse of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Apart from regular crops, such as corn and wheat, agricultural membrane is applied in the production of peanuts, cotton, garlic, water melons, cucumber, tobacco, celery, etc, almost without an exception. Five hundred thousand tons of agricultural membrane is required annually; the rate of remnants is as high as 40%. White pollution is rampant in China’s countryside. In an addition, livestock’s excretion is also a grim problem. The volume of the excretion is more than twice that of industrial solid waste, and in some provinces is four times more.