Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Lead paint in the US vs. the rest of the world
Paint manufacturers, knowing of the danger,marketed their products as kid-friendly and safe in America, while providing Europe with lead-free paint and protecting farm animals from the effects of lead poisoning. The paint companies, fully aware of the health effects, profited immensely from their deadly paint. Moreover, most of these companies are still in business today and continue to profit from their past misdeeds. At the same time, many children live in pre-1978 housing and are therefore tragically at risk for lead poisoning. State and local governments have borne substantial costs enforcing safety measures that protect children from being poisoned. It just amazes me at what companies will be okay with just to get a little more profit. Selling it to our own people and having a different product for the rest of the world.