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    Industrial SO2 pollution and agricultural losses in China: evidence from heavy air polluters2014

    FAN J., GUO X., MARINOVA D., WEI J.Journaux et Revues (scientifiques)

    agriculture / aquaculture, coûts de productivité, externalités, impact pathway, pollution, SOx

    Journal of Cleaner Production
    Volume 64, 1 February 2014, Pages 404–413


    • The agricultural losses caused by 2069 state-monitored industrial enterprises are accessed.
    • The study examines the correlation between the monitored enterprises and other socio-economic indices.
    • The impact pathway approach (IPA) is applied for the assessment.
    • The damage costs of agricultural loss due to the industrial SO2 pollution is estimated at US$ 1.43 billion.


    This paper aims to assess the agricultural losses caused by the 2069 state-monitored heavily air polluting enterprises located in 899 Chinese counties. We examine the correlation between per capita number of state-monitored enterprises and other socio-economic indices to show the negative impacts of sulphur dioxide (SO2) industrial air pollution on agricultural development in the regions. Despite these enterprises being the main drivers of economic development in China's counties, surrounding agricultural land continues to be degraded because of the associated SO2 emissions. The cost of agricultural losses due to pollution is estimated at US$ 1.43 billion, representing 0.66% of the total agricultural value added of the 899 Chinese counties. The findings highlight the importance of cleaner production and have policy implications for dealing with industrial air pollution.

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