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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Going Green at the cost of human life

I read an article yesterday about Organic Cotton farming. It spoke of farms in Uganda who supply organic cotton to companies in the US & elsewhere. Sounds like win win right? Farms in Uganda making money selling green products to the U.S.
The specific town, Apac, also has the greatest amount of Malaria on Earth. Why? Because of the absence of pesticides. 2000 to 3000 people a week are treated for Malaria. This increases to 5000 during the rainy seasons.

The draining of the malarial swamps in Apac is banned "which amounts to preserving wetlands at the price of human life."

Spraying houses with insecticide — which in 2008 cut malaria infections in half — is also forbidden. Why? Because of objections from Uganda's organic-cotton farmers, who supply Nike, H&M and Walmart's Baby George line. Chemical-free farming sounds like a great idea in the West, but the reality is that Baby Omara is dying so Baby George can wear organic.

You can find the entire article here.

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