CHENJIAWAN, China — With fields in China's agricultural region Ge Songqing ringed by factories and irrigated with industrial wastewater, residents are becoming worried that contaminated soil is contributing to rising cancer death rates in the country, according to an article by The New York Times.

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There have been no released studies on the level of soil pollution, although levels of toxic heavy metals in the wastewater in China are among the highest in Ge Songqing, the article reported.

Although Chinese officials have studied soil across China in recent years, they have not released the results, noted the article.

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According to the article, Wang Shiyuan, vice minister of land and resources, announced at a news conference in Beijing this week that eight million acres of China's farmland is so polluted that all planting in that soil should be stopped, setting off a national scare, but no exact details have been released.

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