Heavy metal contamination of agricultural soil and countermeasures in Japan

  title={Heavy metal contamination of agricultural soil and countermeasures in Japan},
  author={Tomohito Arao and Satoru Ishikawa and Masaharu Murakami and Kaoru Abe and Yuji Maejima and Tomoyuki Makino},
  journal={Paddy and Water Environment},
Many heavy metals exist in minute amounts in natural agricultural soil. However, when their amounts exceed a certain level due to pollutants brought from outside, soil contamination occurs and agricultural products become contaminated. There have been many cases in Japan of heavy metal contamination originating from old mines and smelters, and soil contamination of agricultural land has become a social issue. In particular, cadmium (Cd) is one of the most harmful heavy metals. If agricultural… CONTINUE READING
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