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By David Naguib Pellow

Examines the export of damaging wastes to terrible groups of colour worldwide and charts the worldwide social pursuits that problem them.

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102 These facts speak to Beck’s contention that many of these risks haunt us, yet they are mysterious and largely unknown. The question of intergenerational impacts emerges here as well, because we have a greater potential to harm future generations (irreparably) than any other previous one. Exported waste may eventually come back to haunt us in the United States and other global North nations that export it so freely. 103 And since the Food and Drug Administration checks only a small portion of food entering the United States, hazardous wastes that were exported abroad could easily end up on the dinner table.

With regard to the ecosystem, capitalist market economies require increasing extraction of materials and energy from natural systems. When resources are limited, the treadmill searches for alternative sources rather than conserving and restructuring production. The treadmill operates in this way to maintain a positive and ever increasing rate of return on investments (although with Environment, Modernity, Inequality 21 routine fluctuations in economies, this is always variable). The state’s role in this process is to facilitate capital growth and provide for social welfare and environmental protection, but these goals are dialectic: they exist in inherent tension.

I then move, in chapter 5, to consider the legacy of the Green Revolution and international efforts to bring agricultural “development” to the global South through the transfer of countless tons of toxic pesticides from the North. Chapter 6 examines the latest scourge of transnational environmental inequality: the dumping and remanufacturing of high-tech and electronics products (e-waste) in the South. The journey mapped here moves from the crudest and age-old dumping practices—garbage—to what, for some, exemplifies the postmodern condition: high-technology products that allow for the compression of space and time, and the sharing and reproduction of cultures across national borders in ways that our ancestors could only have dreamed of.

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