The ethics of selling asbestos

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The ethics of selling asbestos

By KJ Mullins.

December 6, 2010

In Canada asbestos has been banned for use but that doesn’t stop the mining and exportation of the leading cause of a rare cancer known as mesothelioma from the remaining two mines located in Quebec.

In international circles Canada is looked down upon for the continued mining of asbestos mineral chrysotile to be sold to other nations, most of which are in the developing world.

Asbestos is known to cause lung cancers and diseases, so much so that many legal systems in industrialized countries have asbestos law and mesothelioma law in their mainstream policies.

Those most at danger are the workers who inhale the small asbestos fibres in the air. The mere act of breathing starts a cancer time bomb that can take decades to act.

Most asbestos exported from Canada are loose fibres shipped in large reinforced paper bags. In Canada workers that deal with asbestos must limit their exposure to fibres and consumer products that release fibres into the air are banned.

“What’s the difference between land mines and asbestos?” asks Dr. Barry Castleman, author of a respected book on the danger of asbestos. “A key difference, of course, is that Canada doesn’t export land mines.”

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