- Mar 23, 2006
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I thought this article was midly informative, but also ridiculously funny at times (unintentionally so):
Or the politically naive remarks, such as:It's impossible to say how much any single product contributes to China's air pollution. But the spike in demand for cashmere is taking a toll on the soil, air and water in China as well as the U.S. "” a cost that never appears on any store's tag. And many consumers are unaware of the link.
"I would never have imagined," Colleen Young said amid the bulk Cheerios and plasma TVs at a Costco in Chicago. The Issaquah-based wholesaler moved 18 percent of the world's consumption of cashmere in 2001 "” more than a million sweaters.
"When you're shopping for a sweater, you would never think of pollution. Maybe the poor animal, maybe slave labor. But never pollution."
Still, she gazed appreciatively at the $69.99 lavender crewneck in her hands, pulling at the Chinese-made sweater's waistline to test the quality. "That's a really good price," she said. "This is every bit as nice as the one I bought at Bloomingdale's."
Yeah, a "father" who killed an estimated 30 million of "his" children. And, of course, that "economic" migration was in great part a design on the part of the ruling Han majority to overwhelm the local Mongolian population and turn Inner Mongolia into "China proper."In the 1950s, the father of modern China, Mao Zedong, urged his people to open the western frontier and make the plains bloom. Near Shatar's home, migrants arrived in 1956 and established the town of Wuliji. They dug wells and opened a factory to make wooden tables and chairs. Within a decade, they had chopped down all the local trees, and the factory closed.
From the 1950s to the 1980s, migrants helped triple the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia's population to 21 million. Some tried to cultivate land that had never been farmed. Many others swarmed to the fast-growing cashmere trade.