Is India investing in a future health crisis by importing asbestos from Canada?
More than 50 countries have banned asbestos products but India cannot get enough. It imports the mineral from Canada, risking a future health crisis. Inhaling asbestos fibres can lead to a slow and painful death.
But in India, asbestos illness is under-diagnosed and mostly unrecognised.
And with the proliferation of factories making asbestos products, India is on the cusp of a devastating health crisis.
Canada will not use asbestos itself but it is selling it by the shipload to India.
Al Jazeera documentary http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/101east/2012/01/201211710224787475.html