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Made in China: The Environmental and Human Rights Cost

August 10, 2009
A Young Girl Working In a Sweatshop

A Young Girl Working In a Sweatshop

Forbes.com has a shocking article on the environmental damage and human victimization taking place from the open arms policy that China is offering manufacturers. The article begins by saying,

In addition to its cheap labor costs, China has another comparative advantage as the world’s factory: Companies often pay almost nothing to pollute China’s air, water and soil and to poison its people.

In seems that the situation has become so out of control that human suffering is hardly even acknowledged.

After the dirty water sickened the city… The state-owned water supply company agreed to pay 50 yuan ($7.30) in compensation to each household.

Cankun Factory, Zhangzhou, Fujian Province, 2005 By: Edward Burtynsky

Cankun Factory, Zhangzhou, Fujian Province, 2005 By: Edward Burtynsky

I suppose it’s understandable that another Forbes.com article mentions how distrustful the Chinese are of  their government.

The credibility of the Chinese government has reached a new low: according to a new poll, Chinese people trust prostitutes more than they trust politicians.

For more eye opening scenes of the environmental issues happening in China and around us, take a look at the documentary Manufactured Landscapes by Edward Burtynsky or visit his site to view his incredible photographs.

China Sweatshop By: Edward Burtynsky

China Sweatshop By: Edward Burtynsky

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