Your Cheap Sweater’s Real Cost (Part one of China’s Great Grab) – Evan Osnos

1220grass.jpgFrom Chicago Tribune:

That inexpensive sweater exacts a hidden toll: dust-borne pollution that reaches America. Part one of a Tribune special report.

Shatar the herdsman squinted into the twilight on the ruined grasslands where Genghis Khan once galloped.

He frowned and called his goats. The wind tasted like dust.

On the other side of the world, another morning dawned in the historic embrace between the world’s low-cost factory and its best customer. Every minute of every day last year, America gobbled up $463,200 worth of Chinese goods–including millions of cashmere sweaters made from the hair of goats like Shatar’s.[Full Text]

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