Blackened Rice in China

Liao Mingzhong, a villager in Jinjiling Village, Jiahe County, harvested only a little rice last year due to the wastewater flowing into the paddy field from the nearby smelters. A lot of the grinded rice turned out black. Tengda Metal Recycling Company is located in Jiahe County, Hunan Province. It uses antiquated technology and equipment to smelt lead and zinc. Nearby villages and fields were contaminated. Some villagers have lead in their blood far exceeding the standard. In September 2009 the local government shut down the plant.