Where the gold is green, and so are the profits.

A great piece on the origin and mining of Oro Verde gold, which is used in many of my pieces. This is my favourite part:

When my father and grandfather were doing this nobody thought it was special,” Americo said. On the contrary, they were seen as sentimental throwbacks who refused to modernize. “But now, for the first time, people really recognize what we do.”
I could bring a backhoe in here and I might even find more gold,” said Waldino, 46, as he swished murky water around in his panning bowl. “But I’d kill the land, and then where would I go? What would I leave for my children?”

If only most of the world’s politicians had such long term vision….