CHINA TO LIMIT CHEMICAL USE IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION
China continues to make commitments to wide-scale environmental protection as the Ministry of Agriculture announced plans to limit the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Reductions would begin in the coming years with the intent of a nation-wide cap on growth of use by 2020. China produces more rice and wheat than any other country and is also the largest consumer of pesticides in the world. Ministry officials said the country plans to maintain self-sufficiency in production of those crops despite the planned decreases in pesticide and fertilizer application. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/05/us-china-grain-fertilizers-idUKKCN0JJ0SO20141205.