Zhoushang Village, China - Riding a small rowboat headed home, Deng Jiangyi examined the muddy water all around him - eerily dotted with treetops, electrical poles and flocks of ducks.
"This year's floods were so extreme that almost the entire village got submerged," lamented the 66-year-old farmer. "Everything is gone - everything."
Nearly all of the village's 1,600 residents lost their livelihood - with their crops and livestock under water.
Amid deepening public concerns over the country's food safety following a wave of recent scandals, China's highest court has ordered judges nationwide to hand down harsher sentences, including the death penalty, to people convicted of violating food safety regulations.
In a directive released by the state-run Xinhua news agency over the weekend, the Supreme People's Court said in cases where people die from food safety violations, convicted suspects should be given the death sentence, while criminals involved in non-lethal cases should face longer prison terms and larger fines.
Beijing (CNN) - I was out shopping for groceries the other day with a friend of mine who has been living in Beijing for over a decade. We stopped by the fruit section, and I automatically gravitated to the bright red apples that looked delicious sitting on the store shelf.
She immediately stepped in. "I choose the apples that are pock-marked and are slightly bitten up by bugs," she told me while replacing the apples in my basket. "I figure if the fruit is good enough for the insect, it's good enough for me."
In China, she told me, the most perfectly formed, most appetizing piece of fruit is the scariest of them all.
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