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China's polluted soil boosts food imports

A woman shops for imported fruit and vegetables in a supermarket in Shanghai.(Photo by Denise Hruby)

SHANGHAI -- Scanning a wide selection of apples in the fresh produce aisle of a modern supermarket in a shopping mall, Elise Qian focuses more on the fruit's country of origin than its price, variety and appearance.

She prefers to shop for food imported from Australia, Japan or the U.S. Chinese produce, she said, could not be trusted. "There have been too many scandals. And the water and soil here isn't good either," she said. Produce from New Zealand, Australia, the U.S., Japan and Taiwan can be readily found in modern grocery stores in Shanghai.

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