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The Toxins Return [electronic resource]: How Industrial Poisons Travel the Globe

Journeyman Pictures (Firm)
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
In an era of high-speed international commerce, safety standards and import inspection procedures are riddled with loopholes. The result? Quantities of dangerous substances found in goods manufactured overseas have risen dramatically. This program investigates the alarming global mobility of synthetic toxins, tracing egregious-yet often repeated-hazardous material violations from supplier to storefront. Textile producers in India, a popular retail outlet in Germany, and ports and ground-shipment depots in between all reveal their roles in transporting industrial residues and waste. Activists, government authorities, and workers all-too-familiar with toxic exposure speak out on the dangers.
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44 min.
11 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Apr. 01, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
How Industrial Poisons Travel the Globe
  • Port of Hamburg: Legacy of Industrial Pollution (1:04)
  • Toxins and Toxic Fabric (1:32)
  • Toxic Jeans (1:00)
  • Chemical Toxicity and Human Health (1:16)
  • Dilemma: Health vs. Employment (1:17)
  • Toxic Residue: Legal Loophole (1:03)
  • Indian Workers: Toxic Chemicals (1:22)
  • Families Work in Toxic Environments (1:02)
  • Dangerous Dye Products (1:10)
  • Consumer Ignorance (1:10)
  • Poisonous Residues (1:09)
  • Business Interests vs. Health Concerns (1:05)
  • Indian Pesticides (1:30)
  • Pesticides: Serious Health Risks in India (1:00)
  • Toxicity: Work-Related Illness (1:19)
  • Dangerous Toxin in Woman's Blood (1:01)
  • Debilitating Effects of Toxins (1:08)
  • Exposure to Toxic Textiles (1:14)
  • Precautions for Workers (0:57)
  • Central Nervous System Damage (1:17)
  • Money vs. Health (1:08)
  • Chinese Workers: Progressive Illness (1:09)
  • Illness Among Port and Customs Workers (1:08)
  • Toxins Enter Europe (1:28)
  • Unfair Burden on Victims (1:13)
  • Lax Regulation of Toxins (1:21)
  • High Levels of Toxicity for Consumers (1:06)
  • Contaminated Container Travels Through Europe (1:04)
  • Contaminated Textiles and Shoes (1:12)
  • Lax Authority in Czech Republic (1:13)
  • Lack of Regulatory Protection (1:09)
  • Stolen Warning Labels (1:13)
  • Toxin Mimics Hormones (0:59)
  • Harmful Toys (1:09)
  • Doll: Toxic Waste (1:24)
  • Toxins and Fertility (2:10)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2009.
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41398 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (44 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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