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Now these toxics build up in the food chain and concentrate in our bodies. Do you know what is the food at the top of the food chain with the highest level of many toxic contaminants? Human breast milk. That means that we have reached a point where the smallest members of our societies, our babies are getting their highest lifetime dose of toxic chemicals from breastfeeding from their mothers. Is that not an incredible violation? Breastfeeding must be the most fundamental human act of nurturing it should be sacred and safe. Now breastfeeding is still best and mothers should definitely keep breastfeeding but we should protect it. They should protect it. I thought they were looking out for us. And of course, the people who bear the biggest of these toxic chemicals are the factory workers many of whom are women of reproductive age. They’re working with reproductive toxics carcinogens and more. Now, I ask you what kind of woman of reproductive age wold work in a job exposed to reproductive toxics except for a woman with no other option? And that is one of the ``beauties´´ of this system? The erosion of local environments and economies here ensures a constant supply of people with no other option. Globally 200 000 people a day are moving from environments that have sustained them for generations into cities, many to live in slums looking for work, no matter how toxic that work may be. So, you see, it is not just resources that are wasted along this system but people too. Whole communities get wasted. Yup, toxics in, toxics out. A lot of the toxics leave the factories in products but even more leave as by-products, or pollution. And it’s a lot of pollution. In the U.S., our industry admits to releasing over 4 billion pounds of toxic chemicals a year and it’s probably way more since that is only what they admit. So that’s another limit because, yuck who wants to look at and smell 4 billion pounds of toxic chemicals a year? So, what do they do? Move the dirty factories overseas. Pollute someone else’s land! But surprise, a lot of that air pollution is coming right back at us carried by wind currents. So, what happens after all these resources are turned into products? Well, it moves here for distribution. Now distribution means ``selling all this toxic-contaminated junk as quickly as possible´´. The goal here is to keep the prices down keep the people buying, and keep the inventory moving. How do they keep the prices down? Well, they don’t pay the store workers very much and they skimp on health insurance every time they can. It’s all about externalizing the costs. What that means is the real costs of making stuff aren’t captured in the price. In other words, we aren’t paying for the stuff we buy. I was thinking about this other day. I was walking and I wanted to listen to the news so I popped into a Radio Shack to buy a radio. I found this cute little green radio for 4 dollars and 99 cents. I was standing there in line to buy this thing and I was thinking how could $4.99 possibly capture the costs of making this radio and getting it into my hands?

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Duration: 21 minutes and 31 seconds
Country: Spain
Language: English
Producer: Paula and Maria
Director: Maria and Paula
Views: 79
Posted by: mariiaa on May 4, 2013

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