here’s something for you to think about. Europe currently imports (from countries like South Africa, Congo, Chile, China) between 60 to 100% of all metals used by its industry. Used to build the computer I am typing on, the knife and fork you eat with, the wind turbines that produce renewable energy. Let’s ignore the very high cost of buying and importing these metals (which some consider important in this time of crisis); let’s just consider the point of view of the locavores – those who argue that we should try to consume only what is produced locally. This provides local employment, reduces the cost and environmental impact from transport, and, if the food and other products are produced respecting stringent European regulations (as opposed to more lax systems in other regions), with less negative impact on the environment. Why don’t the same principles apply to mining?
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