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The Globalisation Disaster.

The Globalisation Disaster. | globalisation |
By Nathaniel Greene-Globalisation really started with the success of the Roman Empire, although its roots can be traced back through Persian and Ancient Egyptian influences.

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Tony Johnson's curator insight, November 4, 2013 5:13 PM

Globalisation Resource

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First taste of chocolate

"To be honest I do not know what they make of my beans," says farmer N'Da Alphonse. "I've heard they're used as flavoring in cooking, but I've never seen it. I do not even know if it's true." Watch how the Dutch respond to a cocoa bean in return or you can watch our entire episode on chocolate here.

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Martin Kemp's curator insight, December 17, 2015 3:12 PM

how do these people not know what the crop they are producing is or tastes like? that is amazing to me how you can be so oblivious to what you are doing. and how the place that produces cocoa does not actually have access to it.

BrianCaldwell7's curator insight, April 5, 2016 8:15 AM

What is the geography of chocolate like?  This video was produced in the Netherlands, the global center of the cocoa trade, but the world's leading producer of cocoa is Côte d'Ivoire.  There is a dark side to chocolate production; the dirty secret is that slavery is commonplace on cocoa plantations in West Africa.  Although the worst of the situation is glossed over in this video, it still hints at the vast economic inequalities that are part and parcel of the global chocolate trade and the plantation roots of the production.  What are some of your reactions to this video?  

Tags: chocolate, Ivory Coast, Africa, poverty, development, economic, globalization, industry, labor.

Matt Danielson's curator insight, September 5, 3:45 PM
How connected yet disconnected the stages of production are is astonishing. This cocoa is made in the Ivory Coast of Africa and shipped out for production were the final form of the bean becomes chocolate in places like the Netherlands. The people who initially pick the beans are connected to the dutch chocolate makers through trade from globalization. Yet at the same time they had no idea or understanding of what they are a part of. Not only have these workers never even tasted chocolate, they have no idea what happens to the beans after they cultivate them and drop them off to the buyer. The final product of chocolate not only amazes the workers in taste but raises there curiosity and intrigue into the products they help produce. 
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Imported Air Pollution from Outsourcing

Imported Air Pollution from Outsourcing | globalisation |

"Homegrown air pollution is bad enough, but for years scientists have tracked pollution rising out of Asia, crossing the Pacific Ocean, and descending over the western United States. A research team found that the Asian contribution over the southwestern United States could amount to 15 parts per billion of ozone (orange-red on three consecutive days in panels, left to right).  That could become even more troublesome, the authors note, if Asian imports increase as expected in the coming decades."


So in essence, sending manufacturing to China to avoid the Clean Air Act costs doesn't always lower our monetary costs nor does lower our environmental costs (not if our air is still polluted).  Geography is all about understanding the whole system, and the atmosphere does not recognize any international borders.  The Earth is our system. 

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The Kingdom Keepers's curator insight, November 26, 2013 9:50 AM

You know pollution is getting bad when it starts to affect countries oceans away. Society depicts that there is a pollution problem, but they do not take action-they merely address it. If humans are to find a solution to this problem, however, we need to actually take action.  


shamlabeth's curator insight, November 26, 2013 10:09 AM

I believe that Asia should think about what they are doing to the world. They are effecting the climate and the other countries with their burning of fossil fuels. It's not just them though because China is at the point where they have to wear mask out. we need to come together and make the world greener.-Amanda

Max Minard's curator insight, May 26, 2015 10:06 PM

This article talks about air pollution hazards in America that are resulting from the pollution incoming from across the Pacific Ocean. Over the past few years, Asian imports have also increased the rate of incoming pollution that originated in Asia and is being distributed across the United States. As the article states, Asia's contribution could amount to "15 parts per billion of ozone." My insight would be to control this increase in pollution by perhaps limiting Asian and American interaction. Although, at the same time this interaction is probably necessary to the overall economies of both sides involved. This issue has both pros and cons linked with it, but either way the increase in pollution still needs to be solved.