Salt water from tsunami might have poisoned large swathes of farmland

London Evening Standard (Mar. 18, 2011) | Japan is facing a long-term food crisis after experts warned that the tsunami might have poisoned large areas of farmland. They believe that the salt water will dramatically reduce fertility levels. Damage to inland travel infrastructure is also making it difficult to move much needed emergency food around the country. “Even if the major ports are still functioning, inland transportation systems are seriously damaged,” said grain economist Mark Welch.