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When we decide to purchase another piece of life's apparatus do we suppress any ethical doubt over its provenance?

This article titled “Were humans harmed in the making of your shiny gadget?” was written by Lucy Siegle, for guardian.co.uk on Saturday 30th April 2011 23.04 UTC

Imagine a label, one that reads: “An actual, living, breathing human used their own hands to help make this product.” This is just what the (western) world needs, a label affixed to consumer goods. We need this urgent reminder because in those seconds when we decide to purchase another piece of life’s apparatus we are strikingly effective at suppressing any ethical doubt over its provenance.

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