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Lead paint

Rich countries banned deadly lead pigments years ago. However western “civilized” and “ecological” countries still export 28,000 tonnes a year to poorer countries. [1] You see, there is no law for killing people from paint there…

As the article characteristically points out, in 1786 Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to a friend on the hazards of lead exposure and asked “When will we ever learn?”. It seems we may have to poison yet another generation before we do…

Science. Money. Democratization.