People are digging up scarce black soil, perfect for growing crops, in northeast China to make a quick buck. Photo: Handout/Tom Leung
People are digging up scarce black soil, perfect for growing crops, in northeast China to make a quick buck. Photo: Handout/Tom Leung
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Illegal trade in rich black soil from Heilongjiang is robbing farmers in China’s cereal food bowl of a future

  • Poor farmers in northeast China are selling the soil from under their feet at dirt cheap prices
  • The industry emerged many years ago but the province has yet to roll out a regulation against the theft of the scarce resource

People are digging up scarce black soil, perfect for growing crops, in northeast China to make a quick buck. Photo: Handout/Tom Leung
People are digging up scarce black soil, perfect for growing crops, in northeast China to make a quick buck. Photo: Handout/Tom Leung
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