Outsourcing pollution

Written by Paul and Anne Ehrlich

Very poor nations in a globalizing world generally have a comparative advantage in industries that specializing in extracting and exporting natural resources or in mass-producing goods.  These industries include timber, mining, and certain types of manufacturing, all of which can have serious, even devastating, environmental consequences.  When these industries concentrate in developing countries,the industrialized world has essentially "outsourced" its pollution and environmental damage by purchasing the products of resource extraction and manufacturing from poor countries.

Paul & Anne Ehrlich, The Dominant Animal, pp. 336-337. 

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