Poverty kills…

…this time in the form of asbestos

…an estimated 55,000 workers, unmindful of the lethal effects of asbestos-laden material in the ships…

…hundreds of workers at dusty factories producing asbestos sheets used in construction

India is now the world’s second largest asbestos market, behind only China, consuming nearly 3,50,000 tonnes in 2008. The industry generates more than $850 million a year in revenue, and directly employs 3,00,000 people. Indirectly, it supports as many as three million more

“Despite asbestos being a health hazard, its market has grown because it serves the poor,” says Gopal Krishna of the Ban Asbestos Network of India (BANI). “And it is growing at a tremendous pace. So, nobody has the time for complaints.”

There is good research backing up the movement to regulate/ban the use of asbestos, but with little success against the powerful lobbies that have continued to rule the roost. See this for the full story.

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