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827 Start With a Commodity 0 Why a commodity o Interacting with nature is more than going to a park or gardening 0 Think about how you interact with nature when going to the grocery store or where the resources come from When we buy commodities we are drawing from global resources Video Secret Life of Cell Phones I What39s happening to the unused cell phones I Important to raise awareness of cell phone recycling programs I Moral issue of sending products to countries who have no infrastructure to deal with the environmental standards of recycling 0 Commodity Chain Research 0 Tracing the geography of a commodity I Understanding the concrete places where product was produced I Consider the labor conditions 0 Radical scholarship I Unveil the exploitative practices 0 When does the chain stop I Each part comes from multiple places 0 Tracing back or forward I What happens to our products when we are done with them I Evaluate the recycling chain 0 Commodities in Capitalism 0 Defining a commodity I Use value what does it do to satisfy a customer39s needs or wants I Exchange value price Comparing how two different products can have the same price I Product of labor and nature need to be understood as part of the commodity o Accumulation Imperative I MoneyCommodityMoney start with some money to create commodity then end up with more money I Must profit and use commodity to make profit 0 Commodities and Electronic Mass Consumption o 2010 440 million electronic products in US 0 In less than twenty years 19461962 TV ownership increased from less than one percent to 90 0 Global cell phone subscriptions 19902011 I 124 million to 6 billion How does commodity change from novelty to quotnecessity How does a standard of living become constructed It doesn39t make sense from capitalistic standpoint to make a product last a long time Think of plastic cups make it convenient not durable Planned Obsolescence Explaining mass Consumption I Individual choice I Business need expanding consumer base I quotThe Economy needs more and more growth and consumption I 70 of our economy is based on consumer spending 0 More spending power will contribute to a stronger economy o What is the balance of increased consumer spending effect on workers and effect on environment if more and more products need to be produced 0 Geographies of Waste Electronic Afterlives EWaste toxic heavy metals Waste disposal as a quotcost Pollution haven hypothesis and environmental injustice Environmental problems are global they transcend borders Require International RegulationCooperation I Basel Convention electronic waste management Searching for treaty to make countries responsible OOOO 0 Waste and Labor Uneven Development and Marginalization o Waste gt Commodity o Labor intensive and dangerous extraction I The construction and deconstruction is complex and labor intensive o Why do they do it Explaining Waste and Labor I Capitalism produces uneven development and marginalization I Waste picking happens in quotinformal settlements 0 quotsums where people have used the waste products to build home or products
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