17 August 2009

From the folks who brought you...

...lead-painted baby toys...

Hundreds of people angry about the lead poisoning of their children attacked a metal smelting plant suspected of causing the problem.

About 100 police officers were sent to Shaanxi province's Changqing township after villagers broke into the smelting plant Monday.

The attack comes after medical tests revealed at least 615 children in two nearby villages have excessive levels of lead in their blood. These children live near the Dongling Lead and Zinc Smelting Company plant.
Yup... that's some economic miracle.
A Chinese government report says the number of birth defects in the country has risen by almost forty percent since 2001. Officials are linking the rise to China's worsening environmental degradation, as Claudia Blume reports from Hong Kong.

SIDENOTE: 13:45EST - Mrs Neo is listening to CBC

Apparently there is currently an epidemic (70,000 per year) of young boys being kidnapped and sold in China.

I got nuthin'.



Frances said...

Lead contamination is nothing new. Testing was done at Trail, B C, in the 60's or early 70's to discover the extent of the contamination from the local smelter. Ironically, it was discovered that soils in Vancouver's West End had almost as much lead contamination, this time from leaded gasoline.

Neo Conservative said...

"frances says... Lead contamination is nothing new."

and we've learned from our experiences and put regulations into place to prevent it from happening again.

china hasn't. and it isn't just about toys or foodstuffs

think big pharma.

guess where most of the world's vitamin c is manufactured.


Gibson Block said...

Yeah stuff like that never happens in North America.

Neo Conservative said...

seriously, gibson? you're drawing an equivalence here between canada & china?

the chinese, in the name of the new economy are poisoning, not just the rest of the world... they're killing their own children.

and that doesn't bother you?


Anonymous said...

considering that almost everything we buy is made in China, how complicit are we in these human rights tragedies?

anything in your house made in china?

do you really care about the lives of chinese workers or do you just enjoy looking down your nose at their system of government?

Frances said...

Anon - a lot of us do care about this situation, but what are we to do? Suggestions, please

Neo Conservative said...

"the usual anony-bot shrieks... anything in your house made in china?"

of course.

but, these days... we are making a conscious effort to avoid buying anything made in china ... not only because of the environmental and human fallout... but because it's cheap shit that invariably falls to pieces.

so nonny... what about your sainted self?