International Rice Research Institute: China cadmium scandal could save Thai rice scheme

China’s Bad Earth – Wall Street Journal, July 27, 2013
Industrialization has turned much of the Chinese countryside into an environmental disaster zone, threatening not only the food supply but the legitimacy of the regime itself…

The China factor in the global rice market – International Rice Research Institute, May 28, 2013
…According to the report, the authorities found 0.21 to 0.4 milligram of cadmium per kilogram of rice in half of the 18 samples tested in the past 3 months relative to the permissible level of 0.2 mg of cadmium per kilogram. This news comes at a time when there is an excess supply of rice in the global market. This must be music to the Thai government, which is desperately looking for buyers to offload some of its bulging mortgage stocks…

[Thanks to Tom for pointing these out.]

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