There really are things which we would very much rather do in large organised factories rather than having some William Morris Arts and Crafts movement trying to do them.
An unprecedented outbreak of lead poisoning linked to a gold rush has killed at least 200 children in northern Nigeria this year, with a further 18,000 people affected.
Announcing the figures, the UN said it had sent an emergency team to assess the full impact of the \”acute massive lead poisoning\” in Zamfara state, where seven villages have so far been confirmed as contaminated. In all cases, villagers had been grinding ore by hand to search for gold when they unwittingly freed lead particles also contained in the rock.
Processing that sort of lead heavy ore isn\’t difficult. You end up with both gold and lead to make batteries from. But it does require capital, industrial amounts of it, and a whacking great big factory.
It just isn\’t true that small is always beautiful.