What happens to that old TV, smartphone or computer monitor?
How about that old VCR, TV remote or digital clock radio?
The electronic circuit boards in these devices have “layers of copper between epoxy resin to connect different components.” This cooper is now being ‘farmed’ in Northern India by those who formerly farmed food.
The processes that these ‘farmers’ go through is both harmful to the environment and themselves:
“Combining copper with nitric acid produces nitrogen dioxide, a poisonous brown gae with a sharp, biting odor.”
In the video below, you’ll get a glimpse into these peoples life built on Western technology refuse:
I find it curious that while they have 16 acres of workable land, this is more profitable. I would be interested to know more about the economic and cultural motivations to move from natural farming to this toxic and dangerous work.
When will we—the Western world—stop using the Developing world as a private dumping ground?