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Exposed: toxic pesticides cocktail revealed in traditional Chinese herbs

Press release | 2013-06-24 at 17:00

Greenpeace East Asia tests on 65 traditional Chinese herbal products have exposed a toxic cocktail of pesticide residues, some of them illegal in China, highlighting the need to end the use of industrial agricultural chemicals.

Toxic pesticides cocktail found in Chinese herbs sold in Europe and North America

Press release | 2013-07-01 at 22:09

A Greenpeace East Asia investigation has revealed traditional Chinese herbal products being exported to Europe and North America are laced with a toxic cocktail of pesticide residues, many of them exceeding levels considered safe by food and...

Chinese farmers: working blind with toxic pesticides

Feature Story | 2013-08-08 at 6:00

Xiaogui belongs to the Hmong people, and already has seven or eight years experience in planting the herb Sanqi. Like so many people in his village, both him and his sister's sole income is dependent on farming, and their children often pitch in...

Chinese Herbs

Publication | 2013-06-26 at 0:00 1 comment

This report shows that Chinese herbal products were covered in pesticide residues considered highly hazardous by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Some of the residue levels were hundreds of times higher than EU food safety standards. The...

Tesco produce in China unsafe for three years now

Press release | 2011-11-14 at 17:00

Beijing – After three years of independent testing, produce sold at Tesco supermarkets in China continues to show levels of pesticides far above the legal limit, according to new results released by Greenpeace.

Time for an intervention: Tesco must end their pesticide habit

Feature Story | 2011-11-15 at 14:29

After three years of independent testing, produce sold at Tesco supermarkets in China continues to show levels of pesticides far above the legal limit. When is Tesco going to wake up and smell the chemically-doused produce? By Evan Brooks.

There's no such thing as pesticides on good bee-haviour

Feature Story | 2013-08-15 at 6:00

Whenever beekeepers run into Uncle Lee, they tend to bring up pesticides and ask when he's planning to spray. That's because Uncle Lee's honeysuckle field is located right next to a bee farm, and bees are highly sensitive to pesticides. As the...

Chickens, but no children, afforded protection from pesticides

Feature Story | 2013-08-14 at 6:00 1 comment

It's a common story across China: the young people have jobs or do business in the cities, leaving the elderly to tend to the village farms. Auntie Ye is illiterate, like so many of the honeysuckle growing farmers in the area. When asked how to...

Escalating pressure to prompt food safety legislation timetable

Press release | 2007-04-16 at 6:00

Greenpeace activists today occupy the lift lobby of Central's Murray Building, where the headquarters of the Health, Welfare and Food Bureau (HWFB) is located, with a banner "Safe Vegetables Now!", showing their dissatisfactory on the...

Greenpeace testing finds illegal pesticide levels in Tesco's China produce

Press release | 2011-09-08 at 16:46

Greenpeace has called on UK supermarket giant Tesco to sell safe food in China after testing revealed illegal levels of pesticides in agricultural products sold at Tesco's China stores. Greenpeace-commissioned testing of fruit, vegetables and...

Pesticides: Hidden Ingredients in Chinese Tea

Publication | 2012-04-11 at 10:30 1 comment

Tea drinking is one of China's most cherished customs; and tea a symbol of Chinese culture. Today, China is the world's biggest tea producer, with 20 tea-producing provinces and eight million tea growers. And the area of tea plantations and...

The bitter story of the Chinese word for tea

Feature Story | 2012-04-17 at 10:30 1 comment

The story behind the Chinese word for tea (茶) reveals two faces to a seemingly innocuous word. Next time you brew a pot, ask yourself, are you drinking pure tea, or something much more dangerous?

Lipton tea bags laced with toxic pesticides

Press release | 2012-04-24 at 10:12

April 24, 2012, Beijing – A Greenpeace investigation has found that Lipton, the world’s best-selling tea brand, sold tea bags to Chinese consumers that violated Chinese laws and failed EU safety standards.

2010 Supermarket Ranking Guide

Publication | 2011-03-25 at 7:00

Does your supermarket make an effort to stock healthy, safe foods? Does your supermarket promise to eliminate five of the most hazardous kinds of pesticides? Find out which major supermarket chain in China and Hong Kong does the most for customer...

Greenpeace: The 12th Five-Year Plan Must Drive a Green Transformation

Press release | 2011-03-03 at 7:00

On the eve of the National People’s Congress, Greenpeace calls for China to strengthen and improve the 12th Five-Year Plan’s language and data on energy, environment taxation, industrial and agricultural pollution, and other environmental issues.

This 'Sanqi' flower has a toxic secret

Image | 2013-09-30 at 6:00

A close-up of the Panax pseudoginseng, or 'Sanqi' flower. Wenshan, Yunnan Province. Panax pseudo-ginseng, has been well reputed since ancient times for its ability to quicken blood flow, dissolve stasis, and eliminate swelling and pains. Wenshan...

Pseudo-ginseng farms in Yunnan, China

Image | 2013-07-01 at 6:00

A field covered in black netting enclosures a pseudo-ginseng farm in Dehou Town, Wenshan County, Yunnan Province. Wenshan is the origin and main production area for pseudo-ginseng and accounts for almost 98 percent of China's total pseudo-ginseng...

The 1960s "Green Revolution" was wrong - but we can get it right

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 2013-09-24

The following is an excerpt from our report 'Chinese Herbs: Elixir of Health or Pesticide Cocktail?',  which can be read in full here . The so-called "Green Revolution" that William Gaud, Former Director of the US Agency for...

It's about to get a little safer to drink Chinese tea

Blog entry by Wang Jing | 2012-07-23

You may remember earlier this year we bought 18 tea products at random from nine tea companies in China, and after sending the samples to be tested discovered that a whopping 12 of the 18 samples contained at least one pesticide...

Exported: Chinese herbs laced with toxic pesticides

Blog entry by Eric Darier | 2013-07-03

Although widely known since 2009 as the world's largest exporter, a new Greenpeace East Asia investigation has now revealed that China is also exporting traditional Chinese herbs laced with a toxic cocktail of pesticide residues. ...

Shaking up China’s food system- in Shanghai and beyond

Blog entry by Wang Jing | 2016-10-27

Dried flowers of the Sanqi plant   Greenpeace China’s campaign to push one of China’s biggest retailers to purge pesticides triggered food safety reform across the whole of Shanghai. Now we’re fighting to take it nationwide. ...

Snow White takes her message to the RT Mart HQ

Image | 2012-06-04 at 11:00

After a month of releasing a report that detailed RT Mart's pesticide addiction and collecting 4000 signatures for their petition, Greenpeace activists in Taiwan brought their message to the RT Mart headquarters. One of the campaigners delivered...

China's Toxic Pesticide Cocktail

Video | 2009-04-09 at 12:05

There's a toxic cocktail of pesticides sprayed on to our vegetables and fruits everyday – strong enough to kill baby chicks that happen to walk into greenhouse at the wrong time.

Vegetables in major HK supermarkets turn up with toxic pesticides

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-05-23

Last week Greenpeace campaigners in Hong Kong published testing results from some of Hong Kong's biggest supermarkets and found illegal pesticides and mixed pesticide use on many fresh produce samples. With Mainland China a major...

The "wine" of China compromised by pesticide use

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-05-01

The tea fields of coastal Chinese province Zhejiang cover the hills in rows of lush, green tea bushes. The image is reminiscent of the rolling vineyards of Tuscany. And in many ways, tea is to China what wine is to the West. Pu'er tea...

Lipton tea laced with toxic pesticide residue

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-04-24 4 comments

Last week we released a report revealing the extent of which banned pesticides are finding their way in Chinese brand teas. And today, the revelations keep on coming. Lipton, the world's best-selling tea brand, is also selling...

Toxic tea turns up in China

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-04-18

Last week Sonia Legg of Reuters produced this report on our recent investigation into banned pesticides on some of China's most popular tea products: Transcript: China is the world's largest tea...

Snow White pesticide poisoning in Taiwanese supermarket

Image | 2012-04-26 at 15:30

Following the release of a Greenpeace pesticides report that named six well-known supermarkets that sell fresh fruits and vegetables, activists took their message directly to a RT-Mart in Taipei. Greenpeace is calling on companies like RT-Mart to...

Pesticides are like poison on your plate

Image | 2009-04-09 at 12:52

Pesticides are like poison on your plate.

The use of chemical fertilisers is causing

Image | 2009-01-08 at 7:00

The use of chemical fertilisers is causing a fetid blanket of algae covering huge areas of China's lakes.

Investigation and Testing

Standard Page | 2011-07-09 at 23:09

Greenpeace periodically samples fruit, vegetables, grains and other foods and send them to independent laboratories to test for hazardous pesticides and genetically engineered ingredients.

Why going organic is more than just a lifestyle

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-10-25

The above image currently making the rounds on the internet is a wry reminder that 'organic food', which is at different times branded as elitist, trendy, and only for yuppies, was once the everyday norm. And rather than seeing...

Supermarkets in China need to stop selling

Image | 2010-04-29 at 16:02

Supermarkets in China need to stop selling fruit and vegetables with dangerous pesticide residues. Greenpeace makes a guide to show the best ones.

Greenpeace activists today occupy the lift

Image | 2007-04-16 at 7:00

Greenpeace activists today occupy the lift lobby of Central's Murray Building, where the headquarters of the Health, Welfare and Food Bureau (HWFB) is located, with a banner "Safe Vegetables Now!", showing their dissatisfactory on the...

Blue

Image | 2009-01-08 at 7:00

Blue-green algal bloom in Chao Lake in Anhui province. June 2008.

These kumquats in Taiwan tested for over nine types of pesticides

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-02-15

Shoppers in Taiwan need to be beware that the juicy kumquats sitting on supermarket shelves may also contain a cocktail of potent chemicals . Greenpeace Taiwan have taken 58 pieces of fresh fruit and vegetables from supermarket...

We're taking China's pesticide perpetrators Tesco and Lianhua to court

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2011-09-21 1 comment

Here at Greenpeace we're demanding the major supermarkets completely halt their use of illegal pesticides or at levels exceeding the legal limit , then ban the worst of the worst pesticide use immediately for their fresh and...

Banned pesticides detected on vegetables in Tesco and other supermarkets in China

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2011-09-08

Sometimes supermarket shopping in China means getting a little more than you bargained for. How about eggplant with a side of the banned pesticide methamidophos? That's what Greenpeace volunteers discovered earlier this year...

Tips for avoiding pesticide consumption

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-07-12 2 comments

Image © Greenpeace / Alex Hofford As the saying goes, we are what we eat. Which is why we have to be super mindful about what we're putting in our bodies, if we want to stay healthy. But how can we rest assured about food quality...

Pesticide pollution: Chinese tea may not be safe to drink

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-04-13 6 comments

Drinking tea is an essential and much cherished part of Chinese culture. It's the pride of the nation, so to speak, and this tea is exported to around the globe. But is China's tea actually safe to drink? A few months ago we...

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