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India [electronic resource]: Toxic Trade-an Asbestos Nightmare

ABC International
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Unlike developed countries, most of which have banned asbestos products, India can't seem to get enough of the material. Disturbingly, India's chief supplier is a Western nation. Canada restricts asbestos consumption domestically, but its massive exports to India have breathed new life into the Canadian asbestos mining industry-and given vulnerable Indians the kiss of death. This program investigates, sifting through the forces of global commerce that are responsible and examining the impact on low-wage workers and poverty-stricken families. Viewers learn about the widespread use of asbestos as a cheap roofing material, steadily displacing safer options such as thatch, tiles, or steel-and how this demand for the substance meshes easily with corporate marketing tactics. India's lack of affordable, accessible health care is also discussed.
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26 min.
Portions with English subtitles
9 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on June 17, 2012.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
An Asbestos Nightmare
Toxic Trade-An Asbestos Nightmare
  • Toxic Mix of Tailings (2:19)
  • Mine Closes After Asbestosis Identified (2:02)
  • "The Poor Man's Roof" (2:49)
  • Deaths go Unrecorded (2:16)
  • Sick Workers Cannot Afford to Quit (2:13)
  • Canada Exports Deadly Substance (3:08)
  • Asbestos Has Become a Dirty Word (1:57)
  • Reporters Restricted from India's Factory. (1:16)
  • Hyderabad Industries Tour and Interview (2:56)
  • Safe Roofing Displaced (2:00)
  • Hyderabad Responsible for Asbestos Mountain (2:04)
  • Credits: India: Toxic Trade - An Asbestos Nightmare (0:21)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c2011
Publisher no.
48986 Films Media Group
1streaming video file (26 min.) : d., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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